The Mirror and the Veil: An Overview of American Online Diaries and Blogs

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Rodopi, 2004 - 144 pages
The Mirror and the Veil offers a unique perspective on the phenomenon of online personal diaries and blogs. Blending insights from literary criticism, from psychoanalytical theory and from social sciences, Viviane Serfaty identifies the historical roots of self-representational writing in America and studies the original features it has developed on the Internet. She perceptively analyzes the motivations of bloggers and the repercussions their writings may have on themselves and on American society at large. This book will be of interest to specialists in American Studies, to students in literature, communication, psychology and sociology, as well as to anyone endeavoring to understand the new set of practises created by Internet users in America.

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Viviane Serfaty is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Université de Marne la Vallée in the Paris metropolitan area and at ENA, the French School for Government. She has written extensively about the Internet and has co-written and edited a volume in English and French entitled L'Internet en politique, des Etats-Unis à l'Europe (Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2002). Her research centers on Internet use in both the public and the private spheres.

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