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This group discusses the public negotiations of political, legal, and societal identities: on stage, in court, on the street.
Central to our reflections is the idea that identities can not be constructed in the private chambers (of one’s mind), but have to be performed before the eyes of others, and recognised by these. However, especially on stage and in court, private matters are often made public. As a consequence, said places enable the observation of other people’s identity sketches.

Furthermore, written representations of court cases, or questions of fashion, in pamphlets as well as the newly evolving magazines and newspapers, make possible a more distanced form of observation; the readers themselves remain un-observable in this process. However, such texts invite the readers to relate what they have read to themselves. Although they are observers in this case, they may realise that at other times they are the observed, performing before the eyes of others.

Only if others accept one’s identity sketch, and only if such recognition is itself enacted performatively, such sketches can gain a certain stability. The (public) denial of identity sketches might lead to an exclusion from society, especially before the court.


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ProjectsProjects of Discussion Group IDr. Anna-Christina GiovanopoulosDr. Christian HuckPD Dr. Annette Pankratz


41 Entries found.

    Berg, Maxine, and Helen Clifford. Consumers and Luxery: Consumer Culture in Europe, 1650-1850. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1999
    Kowaleski-Wallace, Elizabeth. Consuming Subjects: Women, Shopping, and Business in the Eighteenth-Century. New York: Columbia UP, 1997
    Thompson, James. Models of Value: Eighteenth-Century Political Economy and the Novel. Durham&London: Duke UP, 1996
    Lunt, Peter K., and Livingstone Sonja. Mass Consumption and Personal Identity: Everyday Economic Experience. Birmingham: Open University Press, 1992
    Kroll, Richard. The Material World: Literary Culture in the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century. Baltimore: John Hopkins UP, 1990
    Weatherill, Lorna. Consumer behaviour and Material Culture in Britain, 1660-1760. London: Routledge, 1988
    Miller, Daniel. Material Culture and Mass Consumption. Oxford: Basil Blackwell., 1987
    Thirsk, Joan. Economic Policy and Projects: The Development of Consumer Society in Early Modern England. Oxford: Clarendon, 1987
    McKendrick, Neil, John Brewer, and J.H. Plumb. The Birth of a Consumer Society: The Commercialization of Eighteenth-Century England. London: Europa, 1982
    Porter, Roy. English Society in the Eighteenth-Century. London: Penguin, 1982
    Sennet, Richard. The Fall of Public Man: On the Social Psychology of Capitalism. New York: Vintage/Random House, 1976
    Black, Jeremy. The English Press 1621-1861. Phoenix Mill: Sutton, 2001
    Weber, Harols. Paper bullets: Prin and Kinship under Charles II. Lexington: U of Kentucky P, 1996
    Patterson, Annabel. Censorship and Interpretation: The Conditions of Writing and reading in Early Modern England. Madison (Wis.): U of Wisconsin P, 1990
    Shevelow, Kathryn. Women and Print Culture: The Construction of Feminity in the Early Periodical. London: Routledge, 1989
    Black, Jeremy. The English Press in the Eighteenth Century. London: Croom Helm, 1987
    Enkemann, Jürgen. Journalismus uns Literatur: Zum Verhältnis von Zeitungswesen, Literatur und Entwicklung bürgerlicher Öffentlichkeit in England im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1983
    Eisenstein, Elizabeth. The Printing Press as an Agent of Change. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1979
    Cranfield, Geoffrey A. A hand-list of English provincial newspapers and periodicals. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1952
    Maurer, Shawn Lisa. Proposing Men: Dialectics of Gender and Class in the Eighteenth-Century English Periodical. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998
    Elshtain, J.B. Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton UP, 1993
    Calhoun, Craig (Ed.). "Habermas and the Public Sphere. Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1992
    Hall, Catherine. "Private Persons versus Public Someones. Language, Gender and Childhood: Class, Gender, and Politics in England, 1780-1850. Ed(s). Eds. Carolyn Steeman, Cathy Urwin, and Valerie Walkderdine. Boston: Routledge&Kegan Paul, 1985
    Hölscher, Lucian. Öffentlichkeit: Geschichtliche Grundbegriffe: Historisches Lexikon zur politisch-sozialen Sprache in Deutschland, Band IV. Ed(s). Eds. Otto Brunner, Reinhard Kosellek, and Werner Conze. Stuttgart, 1978
    Somers, Maaret Ramsay. "The People and the Law. Dissertation Harvard: Narrative Identity and the Place of the Public Sphere in the Formation of English Working Class Politics, 1300-1800
    Wirth, Uwe (Ed.). Performanz: Zwischen Sprachphilosophie und Kulturwissenschaften. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp, 2002
    Pankratz, Annette. Werterepertoires der englischen Restaurationskomödie. Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 1998
Journal Articles
    Pincus, Steve. "Coffee Politiians Does Create: Coffeehouses and Restortion Political Culture". Journal of Modern History, 1995. 67. 807-34.
    Laurego, Greg. "Infrastructure of Enlightenment: Road-Making, the Public Sphere, and the Emergence of Literature". Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1995. 29.1. 45-67.
    Richetti, John. "The Public Sphere and the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Eighteenth-Century Life: Social Criticism and Narrative Enactment. 16.3. 114-29.
    Somers, Margaret. "What's political and Cultural about Political Culture and the Public Sphere?. Sociological Theory: Towards an Historical Sociology of Concept Formation. 13.2. 113-44.
    Crist, Timothy. "Government Control of the Press after the Expiration of the Printing Act in 1679. Publishing History, 1979. 5. 49-77.
Book Articles
    Luhmann, Niklas. "Individuum, Individualität, Individualismus. Gesellschaftsstruktur und Romantik. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp, 1989. Vol. 3
    Giovanopoulos, Anna-Christina. "Captain Kidd and the King: Piracy and Politics in Restoration England". In the Grip of the Law: Trials, Prisons and the Space Between. Ed(s). Eds. Monika Fludernik, and Greta Olson. Frankfurt/M.: Lang, 2004. 3-22.
    Giovanopoulos, Anna-Christina. "This day is to be hanged the greatest rogue in England: Robert Walpole und Konathan Wold". Dauer durch Wandel. Institutionelle Ordnungen zwischen Verstetigung und Transformation. Ed(s). Eds. Stefan Müller, Gary Schaal, and Claudia Tiersch. Köln/Weimar: Böhlau, 2002. 191-209.
    Giovanopoulos, Anna-Christina. "The Bloody Register: Representations of Violence in Eighteenth-Century England". The Aesthetics and Pragmatics of Violence, Passau, March 15-17. Ed(s). Eds. Michael Hensen, and Annette Pankratz. Passau: Stutz, 2001. 67-79.
    Giovanopoulos, Anna-Christina. "Alsatian Eccentricities: An Initial Appraisal". Sites of Discourse - Public and Private Spheres - Legal Culture. Papers from a Conference Held at the Technical University of Dresden, December 2001. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001. 179-97.
    Klein, Lawrence. "Property and Politeness in Early Whig Moralists: The Case of the Spectator". Early Modern Conceptions of property. Ed(s). Eds. John Brewer, and Susan Staves. London: Routledge, 1995. 221-33.
    Hellmuth, Eckhart. "Zur Diskussion um Presse- und Meinungsfreiheit in England, Frankreich und Preußen im Zeitalter der Französischen Revolution. Grund- und Freiheitsrechte im Wandel von Gesellschaft und Geschichte. Ed(s). Ed. Günter Birtsch. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, 1981. 205-26.
    Klein, Lawrence. "Gender, Conversation and the Public Sphere in Early Eighteenth-Century England. Textuality and Sexuality: Reading Theories and Practices. Ed(s). Eds. Michael Worton, and Judith Still. New York: Manchester UP, 1993. 100-15.
    Pankratz, Annette. "Over the King's Bodies: The Emerging Public Sphere in Seventeenth-Century England". Sites of Discourse. Public and Private Sphere. Legal Culture. Ed(s). Eds. Uwe Böker, and Julie Hibbard. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002. 93-107.

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