When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in American History (Hardback)
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When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in American History (Hardback)

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Hardback 269 Pages / Published: 20/06/2014
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Gossip is one of the most common, and most condemned, forms of discourse in which we engage - even as it is often absorbing and socially significant, it is also widely denigrated. This volume examines fascinating moments in the history of gossip in America, from witchcraft trials to People magazine, helping us to see the subject with new eyes.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137442291
Number of pages: 269
Weight: 4581 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm


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'A magnificent and wondrously wide-ranging anthology of articles on 350 years of gossip about politics, power, diplomacy, celebrity, marriage, morals, murder, mayhem, love, and, of course, sex in its multiple variations, "When Private Talk Goes Public" has something for everyone who cares about, studies, teaches, or reads American history.' - David Nasaw, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History, City University of New York, USA

"Brilliantly - and engagingly - these essays explore the role of gossip and gender in defining the history of our society. From the Salem witch trials to contemporary politics, this volume illuminates how our definition of the issues confronting us goes back to a fascinating dynamic of story-telling." - William H. Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of American History, Duke University, USA

'This lively and fascinating collection challenges many common assumptions about the meaning and functions of gossip. Spanning American history from witchcraft trials in the Colonial era to internet blogging in the 21st century, these essays show how gossip has blurred the lines between public and private life. Whether causing scandal or providing social cohesion, gossip remains a central feature of American life. A great read full of surprises!' - Elaine Tyler May, author of "America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation"

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