Privacy as Enablement

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:
Privacy as Enablement

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This chapter examines the defensive value of privacy and considers privacy as enablement in eighteenth-century England. It suggests that privacy served as an escape from the demands and burdens of social interaction and mentions the fact that some people during this period never had complete privacy because they were always surrounded by servants who know all or almost all of the family's secrets. This chapter discusses some literary works about the importance of privacy. These include “Sense and Sensibility,” “The Female Quixote”, and “Anatomy of Melancholy.”

Keywords: privacy; England; social interaction; literary works; Sense and Sensibility; The Female Quixote; Anatomy of Melancholy

Chapter.  11011 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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