Milne 1994 Privacy

Title Information

Author: Anne Milne

Title: In the Interest of Privacy, Some Names Have Been Changed

Subtitle: Rewriting and Richardson's Pamela

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, McMaster University

Year: September 1994

Pages: v + 101pp.

OCLC Number: 32341585 – Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 18th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / Samuel Richardson

Full Text

Link: MacSphere (Free Access)

Additional Information


This study examines the issue of rewriting, its impact on Samuel Richardson's editorial and writing practice and the implications this practice has had for women. Using Richardson's 1741 novel, Pamela, as the example, the study focuses in its first chapter on the circumstances surrounding Richardson's creation of a sequel (Pamela II) to the enormously successful two-volume Pamela I.
In Chapter two, three rape scenes are closely read for the ways in which they are rewritten or retold by various characters and across the gap between "original" version and sequel. The pattern which emerges is one of increasing editorial control of Pamela's writing by her husband. Pamela is also shown to be complicit in this rewriting process.
In Chapter three, the author of this study enters into the rewriting process herself in order to explore the relationship between circumscribed women's roles in the Eighteenth Century and the situation for women today. This issue is explored through the use of feminist and psychoanalytic theory as well as contemporary media imagery.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. iii)
  Acknowledgements (p. iv)
  Rewriting and Richardson's Editorial Frame (p. 1)
    Diagnosis: Agoraphobia? (p. 4)
    Pamela's Books (p. 7)
    Pamela's Conger (p. 11)
  Rape and Rewriting within Pamela: Three Examples (p. 25)
    "I found his Hand in my Bosom" (but, of course, there was a perfectly reasonable explanation for it) (p. 26)
    "...and had very few sallies": Sally Godfrey stories (p. 38)
    The View through the Keyhole (Again) (p. 47)
  The Seduction of Rewriting: My Version (p. 65)
    Why do I let rhis bother me so much? (p. 65)
    Let's Be Unreasonable (p. 66)
    He was a Man of His Time: Rape Stories - Not! (p. 67)
    What would Dr. Freud say? (p. 68)
    What did Dr. B., oops, I mean Dr. Freud, say? (p. 69)
    What else? (p. 69)
    You Are Here: Don't Move! (p. 73)
    What happens to Pamela's body? (p. 75)
    He Was a Man of his Time: Freud in 1741 (p. 84)
    The Scene of the Kiss (p. 84)
    Why is virginity a problem anyway? (p. 88)
  Looking a what might have been: A Kind of Conclusion (though clearly not a solution) (p. 96)
  Works Cited and Consulted (p. 99)

Wikipedia: Samuel Richardson: Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded

Added: November 22, 2014 – Last updated: November 22, 2014