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The Closet: The Eighteenth-Century Architecture of Intimacy

Danielle Bobker

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691198231
eISBN:
9780691201542
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691198231.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Long before it was a hidden storage space or a metaphor for queer and trans shame, the closet was one of the most charged settings in English architecture. This private room provided seclusion for ... More


Lady Acheson’s Privy for Two

Danielle Bobker

in The Closet: The Eighteenth-Century Architecture of Intimacy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691198231
eISBN:
9780691201542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691198231.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter offers a new view of Jonathan Swift's “excremental vision” by approaching it not as a personal quirk or neurotic symptom but as a perceptive critique of the excretory autonomy that ... More


Miss C——y’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Danielle Bobker

in The Closet: The Eighteenth-Century Architecture of Intimacy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691198231
eISBN:
9780691201542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691198231.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter points out, according to Anthony Hamilton and Jonathan Swift, how closets can still represent the highly circumscribed sociability associated with the face-to-face exchange of ... More


Coda: Coming Out

Danielle Bobker

in The Closet: The Eighteenth-Century Architecture of Intimacy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691198231
eISBN:
9780691201542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691198231.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers many histories that intersect with and inform that of the eighteenth-century closet. It includes the history of the Turkish hammam, the water closet, the camera obscura, and ... More


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