How Do Diaries Begin? The Narrative Rites of Adolescent Diaries in Hungary

Gergely Kunt

Abstract


This paper examines the narrative tropes of Hungarian adolescent diaries written during and after World War II, primarily focusing on the rhetorical forms of beginning a diary that fall into two categories characteristic of adolescent diary-writing – beginning with an introduction describing the author and their environment, or beginning with a memoir in which the author summarizes the most important events of the period between their birth and the start of the diary. The paper also discusses how adolescents personified their diary books and intended those for their adult selves in the course of diary-writing as dialogue.


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diary-writing, narrative methods, adolescent diaries, Second World War

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5463/ejlw.4.132

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