Locating Privacy in Tudor London
By (author) Lena Cowen Orlin
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Locating Privacy in Tudor London by Lena Cowen Orlin
Book DescriptionLocating Privacy in Tudor London asks new questions about where private life was lived in the early modern period, about where evidence of it has been preserved, and about how progressive and coherent its history can be said to have been. The Renaissance and the Reformation are generally taken to have produced significant advances in individuality, subjectivity, and interiority, especially among the elite, but this study of middling-sort culture shows privacy to have been an object of suspicion, of competing priorities, and of compulsory betrayals. The institutional archives of civic governance, livery companies, parish churches, and ecclesiastical courts reveal the degree to which society organized itself around principles of preventing privacy, as a condition of order. Also represented in the discussion are such material artefacts as domestic buildings and household furnishings, which were routinely experienced as collective and monitory agents rather than spheres of exclusivity and self-expression. In 'everyday' life, it is argued, economic motivations were of more urgent concern than the political paradigms that have usually informed our understanding of the Renaissance. Locating Privacy pursues the case study of Alice Barnham (1523-1604), a previously unknown merchant-class woman, subject of one of the earliest family group paintings from England. Her story is touched by many of the changes-in social structure, religion, the built environment, the spread of literacy, and the history of privacy-that define the sixteenth century. The book is of interest to literary, social, cultural, and architectural historians, to historians of the Reformation and of London, and to historians of gender and women's studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199226252
(240mm x 160mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Locating Privacy in Tudor London, Paperback (January 2010)
Lena Orlin paints a dense picture of everyday life in Renaissance England, with an emphasis on personal privacy, the built environment, and the life story of a remarkable undiscovered woman - merchant's wife and mother of four, Alice Barnham - with a central role in some of the most important untold stories of sixteenth-century women.
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This collection of rare and classic documents provides students with rich source material and context for studying the literature of Shakespeare's age. The documents are supported by substantial editorial matter, including an authoritative introduction which outlines key historical events, movements, and literary and cultural issues of the time.
'Othello', Hardback (September 2003)» View all books by Lena Cowen Orlin
This collection of recent essays provides readers with examples of feminist, new historicist, cultural materialist, deconstructive and post-colonial criticism of "Othello". Together they show how Shakespeare's play continues to signify in popular culture as well as in critical history.
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Author Biography - Lena Cowen Orlin
Lena Cowen Orlin is Presidential Research Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America, and former Executive Director of the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She is the author of Private Matters and Public Culture in Post-Reformation England (1994) and Elizabethan Households: An Anthology (1995). Her edited collections include Center or Margin: Revisions of the English Renaissance in Honor of Leeds Barroll (2006), Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide (with Stanley Wells, 2003), and Material London, ca. 1600 (2000).
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