Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare

By Ronald Huebert

© 2016

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.

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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.

Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare

By Ronald Huebert

© 2016

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 352 pages
  • Illustrations: 11
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘The close reading practices that are deployed through the book reveal a remarkable pattern on intersected social and literary practice…. Huebert takes readers on a richly rewarded journey through the interface of literary discourse and social theory.’


    Daniiel Fischlin
    Renaissance & reformation vol 39:03:2016

    ‘Ronald Huebert’s impressive book offers a welcome counter weight to many studies (recent and forthcoming) on various aspects of publicity, sociality, and material embeddedness in the Renaissance.’


    Kevin Curran
    Studies in English Literature (SEL) vol 57:02:2017

    ‘Highly recommended.’


    F.L. Den
    Choice Magazine vol 54:02:2016

    "Some have claimed that the early modern period lacked a concept of privacy. Huebert shows conclusively that not only was the concept highly developed but that early modern people valued their privacy highly. His book is unique in its wide generic and chronological range and in its willingness to address many different forms of privacy (the domestic, the sexual, the devotional) under the same rubric."


    Katharine Eisaman Maus, Department of English, University of Virginia

    "Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare is a fine and nuanced account of where and how the line between public and private was drawn in the early modern era."


    Andrew Wallace, Department of English, Carleton University
  • Author Information

    Ronald Huebert is a professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and Carnegie Professor at the University of King’s College.
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Bibliographical Note

     

    Introduction Privacy: The Early Social History of a Word

    Chapter 1. Invasions of Privacy in Shakespeare

    Chapter 2. Private Devotions

    Chapter 3. Voyeurism

    Chapter 4. The Commonplace Book and the Private Self

    Chapter 5. Privacy and Gender

    Chapter 6. Privacy in Paradise

    Chapter 7. Privacy and Dissidence

    Chapter 8. ‘A Fine and Private Place’: Andrew Marvell

    Conclusion