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The Closet: The Eighteenth-Century Architecture of Intimacy

Danielle Bobker


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 reading, writing, praying, dressing, and collecting—and for talking in select company. In their closets, kings and duchesses shared secrets with favorites, midwives and apothecaries dispensed remedies, and newly wealthy men and women expanded their social networks. This book presents a literary and cultural history of these sites of extrafamilial intimacy, revealing how, as they proliferated both in ... More

Keywords: closet, virtual intimacy, interpersonal dynamics, courtly closets, bathing closets, prayer closets, privies, queer theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691198231
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691198231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Bobker, author
Concordia University