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Exposures: Sex, Privacy, and 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226768618.003.0006
Exposures: Sex, Privacy, and Sensibility

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This chapter analyzes the subject of sex and sensibility in relation to the concept of privacy in eighteenth-century England. It explains that during this period, the middling and upper classes were preoccupied with sex and that both men and women experienced heightened eagerness to penetrate the privacy of others because of their newly formed awareness about the desirability of private space. This chapter argues that the sensibility is the mediating term between sexual revelation and privacy and explains the connections between stories of sex, performances of sensibility, and desire for privacy.

Keywords: sex; sensibility; privacy; England; middling class; upper class; private space; sexual revelation

Chapter.  12319 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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