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Owning Up: Privacy, Property, and Belonging in U.S. Women's Life Writing, 1840-1890

Katherine Adams


This book argues that from its beginning the U.S. discourse on privacy has been couched in terms of violation and dispossession, so that even as 19th-century Americans came to regard privacy as a natural right and to identify it with sacred ideals of democratic freedom and individuality, they also understood it as always at risk. Focusing on biographical and autobiographical writing by and about Margaret Fuller, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Keckley, and Louisa May A ... More

Keywords: privacy, property, publicity, life writing, women writers, race, slavery, Reconstruction, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195336801
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Adams, author
University of South Carolina
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