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The General Truth of the Delineation

David Vincent

in I Hope I Don't Intrude

Published in print May 2015 | ISBN: 9780198725039
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191792489 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198725039.003.0002
The General Truth of the Delineation

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The chapter discusses the origins of Paul Pry as a concept and a phrase, and the use that can be made of the polymorphous fictional character to interrogate the issue of privacy in the period. It reviews the current historiography of the theatre and of privacy, and suggests how the transition of the play from a performance to a discourse can be used to consider wider issues. Attention is paid to the notion of theatricality as a means of engaging with popular entertainment. It summarizes the communication revolution that was occurring during the second quarter of the nineteenth century, and the effect this had on privacy. Privacy as a concept is reviewed, with particular emphasis given to intimacy and to face-to-face communication.

Keywords: theatre; celebrity; intimacy; consumption; communication; the state; concepts of privacy

Chapter.  10033 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Social and Cultural History

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