Trivial Pursuits

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:
Trivial Pursuits

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This chapter examines several eighteenth-century diaries in England. It discusses hints of self-consciousness in certain diaries and argues that what we protect when we protect our privacy is often remarkably trivial. The analysis of the diaries of James Woodforde, the duchess of Northumberland, Dudley Ryder, and Frances Burney reveals that different ways by which writers use the private form of diaries to protect their privacy.

Keywords: diaries; privacy; England; self-consciousness; James Woodforde; duchess of Northumberland; Dudley Ryder; Frances Burney

Chapter.  13455 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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