I describe myself as “ever so slightly obsessed with diaries,” which is probably an understatement. I have been keeping a diary since I was in high school but my interest goes far beyond my own modest writing habit. I authored a book about diaries (published July 2019) and I have been reading widely across the history of the genre for my research.
In the course of this research, I realized that digitization technologies are profoundly changing diary studies. As more and more historical diaries are digitized, they become available for scholars, students, and general readers to encounter and enjoy. I created an index of digitized diaries that is meant as a resource for anyone curious about these materials. I also used to blog about diaries, including offering guidelines to diarists about how to store and preserve their writing.
These days I am working on an anthology of diary fiction, writing about Alice James’s diary, and thinking a great deal about pedagogy.
Updated August 2021