This one-day international conference organized by Ann Jefferson (New College, Oxford) and Didier Alexandre (Paris-Sorbonne, Labex OBVIL) was held at the Maison Française, Oxford, on 22 May 2015. It brought together speakers from Paris, Oxford, London and Cambridge to explore the place of private life in and around literature from the eighteenth century to the present. There were some eight papers covering topics that extended in time from Voltaire's use of anecdotes and images from his own private life as material for the production of celebrity (Nicholas Cronk, Voltaire Foundation, Oxford) to a history of the concepts through which privacy is conceived in the digital era (Milad Doueihi, HUMANUM, Sorbonne Universités), with further examples from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Andrew Counter (KCL) provided insight...

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