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Historicizing The Self, 1770–1830

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This chapter is concerned with the relation between the microcosm of the self and the macrocosm of western culture and especially with the effect of changing attitudes to the past in general on individuals' perceptions of their own pasts. Focusing on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, author tries to situate changes in ego-documents in a broader cultural context, especially the rise of a new sense of time in the age of historicism and of the so-called "temporalization (Historisierung) of experience". He begins with a few remarks on historicism before moving on to the idea of the self, to ego-documents in general and finally to three case-studies.

Keywords: cultural context; ego-documents; historicism; microcosm; temporalization (Historisierung); western culture



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