Private Conversations

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:
Private Conversations

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This chapter examines the concept of private conversations in eighteenth-century England. It explains that like the subject of privacy, conversation has raised issues about the relation between interests of a community at large and those of the individuals it includes. This chapter discusses the shift in English representations of conversation between the eighteenth and the nineteenth century and investigates the novelistic renditions of conversation and of how the patterns of conversation can function for self-protection.

Keywords: private conversations; privacy; England; novelistic renditions; self-protection

Chapter.  10789 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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