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Diary

(500 words)

Author(s): Schmidt, Thomas
[German Version] The diary, or journal, consists of notes arranged according to the calendar in which a real or fictive author records the events of his or her realm of experience chronologically. The diary is essentially a product of the modern European process of individualization. Because of the plethora of its subjects and linguistic forms, the boundaries of its definition are fluid. It differs from the autobiography (Biography) in its topicality, immediacy, discontinuity, openness to the future, and the lack of an overall plan; from chronicles ¶ it differs in its degree of …

Lenau, Nikolaus

(105 words)

Author(s): Schmidt, Thomas
[German Version] Lenau, Nikolaus, (actually Niembsch Edler von Strehlenau; Aug 13, 1802, Csatád, Hungary – Aug 22, 1850, sanatorium Oberdöbling, Austria) was an Austrian lyric poet and writer of epic verse, who combined melancholy with traits of rebellion and social criticism, and was thus exemplary of the inner conflict of his epoch (Biedermeier, Vormärz ). He wrote atmospheric nature lyrics of great musicality, but also wrote poetry with a commitment to intellectual and political freedom. He employed material from the history o…