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Convent AutobiographyEarly Modern English Nuns in Exile$
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Victoria Van Hyning

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266571

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266571.001.0001

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(p.261) Conclusion
Convent Autobiography

Victoria Van Hyning

British Academy

The Conclusion briefly summarizes the preceding chapters, drawing continuities between early modern English convent autobiography and other arenas of early modern religious practice. It points the way for future comparative studies, and suggests how the concepts of subsumed and anonymous autobiography might be extended to other disciplines and areas of enquiry. It concludes with an analysis of the continuities between anonymous convent authorship and online anonymity, arguing that both contexts demonstrate that the passion for autobiographical expression exists alongside what Philippe Lejeune called the ‘passion for anonymity’. Convent literature and our ever-evolving online behaviours reveal a passion for anonymous autobiography, for the need to speak without being named.

Keywords:   autobiography, anonymity, online, convent, comparative studies

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