The Performance of Sensibility

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:
The Performance of Sensibility

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This chapter analyzes the issue of privacy in relation to sensibility in England during the eighteenth century. It suggests that the relation between sensibility and privacy is complex and contradictory. This is because sensibility can function as self-display and a deliberate adjuration of privacy and it can also serve as a form of concealment or emphasize the ultimate fact of concealment. This chapter also examines the concept of eighteenth-century sensibility in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Julie, or, The New Heloise.

Keywords: privacy; sensibility; England; concealment; self-display; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Julie, or, The New Heloise

Chapter.  13800 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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