By Peter Heehs
The self has a background. within the West, the assumption of the soul entered Christianity with the Church Fathers, significantly Augustine. throughout the Renaissance the belief of the person attained preeminence, as within the works of Montaigne. within the 17th century, philosophers comparable to Descartes formulated notions of selfhood that didn't require a divine origin; within the subsequent century, Hume grew skeptical of the self's very lifestyles. rules of the self have replaced markedly because the Romantic interval and so much students at the present time regard it as at top a psychological construct.
First-person genres akin to diaries and memoirs have supplied an outlet for self-expression. Protestant diaries changed the Catholic confessional, yet secular diaries akin to Pepys's may well demonstrate but extra concerning the self. After Richardson, novels competed with diaries and memoirs as cars of self-expression, although memoirs survived and proceed to thrive, whereas the diary has came across a brand new incarnation within the own weblog.
Writing the Self narrates the intertwined histories of the self and of self-expression via first-person literature.