I Hope I Don't Intrude: Privacy and its Dilemmas in by David Vincent

By David Vincent

'I wish i do not intervene' takes its identify from the catch-phrase of the eponymous hero of the 1825 play Paul Pry, which was once a major luck at the London level after which swiftly in big apple and round the English-speaking global. It tackles the complicated, multi-faceted topic of privateness in nineteenth-century Britain by way of studying the best way the tropes, language, and imagery of the play entered public discourse approximately privateness within the remainder of the
century. the quantity is not only an account of a play, or of overdue Georgian and Victorian theatre. relatively it's a background of privateness, displaying how the play resonated via Victorian society and printed its matters over own and country secrecy, famous person, gossip and scandal, postal espionage, digital privateness, the idea
of intimacy, and the evolution of private and non-private spheres.

After 1825 the overly inquisitive determine of Paul Pry seemed in all places - in songs, tales, and newspapers, and on every little thing from buttons and Staffordshire pottery to pubs, ships, and stagecoaches - and 'Paul-Prying' swiftly entered the language. 'I desire i do not interfere' is an cutting edge form of social background, utilizing wealthy archival examine to track this cultural artefact via each point of its customer context, and utilizing its meanings to interrogate the mostly hidden historical past of
privacy in a interval of significant modifications within the function of the house, mass communique (particularly the hot letter put up, which brought inner most messages via a public service), and the nation. In bright and wonderful element, together with many illustrations, David Vincent offers the main thorough
account but tried of a leisure occasion in an period which observed a decisive shift in patron markets. His learn casts clean mild at the perennial tensions among interest and intrusion that have been captured in Paul Pry and his catchphrase. Giving a brand new account of the communications revolution of the interval, it re-evaluates the function of the kingdom and the marketplace in making a new regime of privateness. And its critique of the idea that and perform of surveillance appears to be like ahead to twenty-first-century
concerns concerning the invasion of privateness via new technologies.

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