History of private life in England, 1600-1800

3VAEMHIB : Histoire des idées britanniques, XVIe-XVIIIe siècles

Jeudi: 10h-11h30.

Ressources supplémentaires en ligne : https://www.diigo.com/user/Yanbrailowsky/private_life

Télécharger les brochures de documents (2 fichiers : documents & images) : http://ufr-lce.parisnanterre.fr/organisation-et-contacts/equipe-enseignante/pages-des-enseignants-chercheurs/brailowsky-yan/yan-brailowsky-documents-enseignement-787202.kjsp

Calendrier des séances

Le travail indiqué ci-dessous est à effectuer pour le jour indiqué. IMPORTANT: le programme est susceptible d’être modifié.

1. Week 1: 12 Sept.

Introduction: the emergence of a private sphere in early modern England.

  • In class: OED on privacy; J. Harington (‘In prayse of private life’); Erasmus (‘The Schoolmaster’s Admonitions’)

2. Week 2: 19 Sept.

Introduction (continued).

The Family (I): The Patriarchal model, Marriage and Divorce

3. Week 3: 26 Sept.

The Family (II): Wives, widows, spinsters, servants, bachelors, children…

  • Read: texts by J. Locke (‘Second Treatise on Civil Government’), M. Astell (‘Reflections on Mariage’).
  • Listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00548c2 (45mn), on marriage
  • In class: J. Swift (‘Directions to servants’)

4. Week 4: 3 Oct.

Religion and Privacy: Protestantism and private devotion

5. Week 5: 10 Oct.

The home: Architecture, material culture and domestic life (I)

6. Week 6: 17 Oct.

Privacy and Sociability (I)

7. Week 7: 24 Oct.

Privacy and the Modern State

  • Listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080xph (45mn), on the Divine right of kings
  • Read: John Mackenzie; John Evelyn
  • In class: F. Bacon (‘The charge… touching duells’); John Bennett (‘A discourse against… duelling’); Bernard Mandeville (‘Fable of the Bees’).

8. Week 8: 31 Oct. Break

9. Week 9: 7 Nov.

  • DEVOIR À RENDRE le 7 nov.

Privacy and the Self: Fashion and Philosophy

10. Week 10: 14 Nov.

Writing and reading practices. Intimacy.

  • Listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00775dh (45mn), on epistolary literature
  • Read: Diary of Samuel Pepys
  • Read: Memoirs of a Lady of Quality
  • In class: Diary of Ralph Josselin; Fielding (‘Shamela’ extracts).

11. Week 11: 21 Nov.

Correction of mid-term exam. Revisions

Privacy and outdoor spaces.

12. Week 12: 28 Nov. Finals

13. Week 13: 6 Dec. Study week

14. Week 14: 13 Dec. Correction finals

Class policies

Please read them carefully and seriously. This is a computer-free class; all notes must be taken in notebooks. The use of computers, smart and cell phones is strictly prohibited; exception for full compliance to this rule will be granted only for students with a documented medical need. Non-web connected Kindles or other eReaders are permitted. Cell phones should be turned off and put away, beyond temptation’s reach. If I observe you texting or web-surfing in class, you will be dismissed from class and marked absent.

Plagiarism cases will be systematically prosecuted and can result in expulsion from the university.

Modalités de contrôle

  • Session 1 : contrôle continu. La note finale est la moyenne de deux devoirs écrits (30% pour le premier, 70% pour le second), dont au moins un devoir sur table de 1h30 (commentaire et/ou dissertation).
  • Formule dérogatoire session 1 : 1 devoir sur table (commentaire de texte, 2h).
  • Session 2 : 1 devoir sur table (commentaire de texte, 2h).

Reading list / Bibliography


  • Ronald Bedford, Lloyd Davis, Philippa Kelly, Early Modern English Lives : Autobiography and self-representation, 1500-1660, Farnham : Ashgate, 2007.
  • Bill Bryson, At Home : A Short History of Private Life, Doubleday, 2010.
  • Roger Chartier (ed.), Histoire de la vie privée, vol. 3 : De la Renaissance aux Lumières, Paris : Seuil, 1986. Translated in English as : A History of Private Life, vol. 3 : Passions of the Renaissance, ed. Roger Chartier, trans. Arthur Goldhammer. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1989.
  • David Cressy, Birth, Marriage, and Death : Ritual, religion, and the life-cycle in Tudor and Stuart England, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Susan Frye, Pens and Needles : Women’s Textualities in Early Modern England, Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
  • Michael McKeon, The Secret History of Domesticity : Public, Private, and the Division of Knowledge, Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
  • Lena Cowen Orlin, Locating Privacy in Tudor London, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Michelle Perrot, Histoire de chambres, Paris : Seuil, 2009.
  • Adam Smyth, Autobiography in Early Modern England, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Amanda Vickery, The Gentleman’s Daughter : Women’s Lives in Georgian England. London : Yale University Press, 1998.
  • Keith Wrightson, English Society : 1580-1680, London : Routledge, 2003.

Online resources/podcasts:1Some of these podcasts may not be freely available.


1 Some of these podcasts may not be freely available.