Course Code: 4XLT10A20
Start Date: 17/09/2020Day of the Week:
Length in weeks: 10
Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
From rural parsons to Samuel Pepys, to Mass Observation, the lives and customs of Britain have been the subject of intimate record. Details of sex and love, food and fasting, religion and doubts, life and death: Internal struggles and local society set against the backdrop of international events. We will see life through the eyes of rural clergymen such as Gilbert White, William Holland, and James Woodforde; the Georgian shopkeeper Thomas Turner; and writers such as Virginia Woolf as well as the ‘mass observers’ of wartime change; and those most famous 17th century diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. Explore why we feel the urge to record our lives, what we set down, and how historians can use diaries and journals; and is it true that ‘people who keep journals have life twice’ (writer and diarist Mary Jessamyn West)?