Privacies of Reading

Patricia Meyer Spacks

in Privacy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226768601
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226768618 | DOI:
Privacies of Reading

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This chapter discusses the privacies of reading and some major concerns regarding private reading in England during the eighteenth century. It suggests that the right or privilege of privacy can be considered more like a loss than a gain or a decline in social comfort rather than an acquisition of personal freedom. It explains that getting away from other people may carry high costs because it entails the absence of social support as well as of interference.

Keywords: privacies; private reading; England; social comfort; personal freedom; social support

Chapter.  12349 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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