by Judith Mayne (1988)

The modern association of the word private with the individual, and the word public with the social did not occur until the emergence of capitalism separated family life from the workplace, creating the fundamental oppositions between home and business, female and male, and rest and labor that have defined life in industrialized societies through our time.

Comparing the ways novels and films articulate middle-class culture, Judith Mayne reveals how both forms of narrative function as an encounter between private and public life, engaging the crucial relationships of a dualistic world-between men and women; between social classes; between readers or viewers and texts. 

Published by The University of Georgia Press
Hardcover / 184 pages

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