Abstract

This essay investigates similarities and differences in Sennett’s and Berlant’s understanding and assessment of the altered balance between the public and the intimate in American society since the nineteenth century. While Sennett warns of the growing tyranny of intimacy, Berlant stresses the power of shared intimate knowledge and experience. Both views are problematized in a brief discussion of a sample of contemporary autobiographical texts.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 11-24
Launched on MUSE
2011-08-05
Open Access
No
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