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Privacy, Dissimulation, and Propriety

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226768618.003.0004
Privacy, Dissimulation, and Propriety

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This chapter examines the issues of dissimulation and propriety in relation to privacy in eighteenth-century England. It contends that during this period, the subject of manners in relation to privacy is predominantly a matter for females. This chapter explains that it was the men who articulated the rules of proper behavior for women and that though a number of women also produced conduct books they only echo the pronouncements of their male predecessors.

Keywords: privacy; dissimulation; propriety; England; women; proper behavior; conduct books

Chapter.  11846 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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