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Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare

Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare (Hardback)

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For at least a generation, scholars have asserted that privacy barely existed in the early modern era. The divide between the public and private was vague, they say, and the concept, if it was acknowledged, was rarely valued. In Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare, Ronald Huebert challenges these assumptions by marshalling evidence that it was in Shakespeare's time that the idea of privacy went from a marginal notion to a desirable quality. The era of transition begins with More's Utopia (1516), in which privacy is forbidden. It ends with Milton's Paradise Lost (1667), in which privacy is a good to be celebrated. In between come Shakespeare's plays, paintings by Titian and Vermeer, devotional manuals, autobiographical journals, and the poetry of George Herbert and Robert Herrick, all of which Huebert carefully analyses in order to illuminate the dynamic and emergent nature of early modern privacy.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Film, TV & DramaTheatrePlays, playscriptsHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly modern history: c 1450-1500 to c 1700 Publisher: University of Toronto Press Publication Date: 24/03/2016 ISBN-13: 9781442647916  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ronald Huebert is a professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and Carnegie Professor at the University of King's College.

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