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The Watchman in Pieces: Surveillance, Literature, and Liberal Personhood

David Rosen and Aaron Santesso


Spanning nearly 500 years of cultural and social history, this book examines the ways that literature and surveillance have developed together, as kindred modern practices. As ideas about personhood—what constitutes a self—have changed over time, so too have ideas about how to represent, shape, or invade the self. The chapters of this book show that, since the Renaissance, changes in observation strategies have driven innovations in literature; literature, in turn, has provided a laboratory and forum for the way we think about surveillance and privacy. Ultimately, they contend that the habits ... More

Keywords: personhood, self, citizenship, literature, surveillance, observation strategies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300155419
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300155419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Rosen, author

Aaron Santesso, author