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第 39  期

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From the Graden to the Grove: Aemilia Lanyer,Andrew Marvell,and the Pursuit of Privary
從花園到樹林: 蘭諾、馬莫與隱私的追尋
作者 李慧玲
Author Huey-ling Lee
關鍵詞 country house poetry, gender, class, privacy, Aemilia Lanyer,Andrew Marvell
Keywords 莊園詩、性別、階級、隱私、蘭諾、馬墨
摘要 Although England is claimed to be "the birth place of privacy", historians also suggest that privacy as we know it today was difficult, if not virtually impossible, to attain early modern England, especially in the country house. The lack of provacy in the country house resulted not so much from its conflation with domesticity as from the hieraechical social relations that both informed anf were strengthened by architectural plans. In contrast, the garden and grove in the country estate, due to their lack og soild boundaries and rigis spatial organization, were less restrictive, albeit no less artifical, spaces than the country house. They could also release the individual temporarily from the domestic hierarchy that reg-ulated and monitored his conduct and interaction with others, and hence provide the oppoetunities for alternative forms of privacy that were unavailable in the country house. Although relatively free from the hierarchcical structure that rules the country house,the garden and grove were subject to the influences of other social and cultural customs or traditions. As illustrated in drama amd love poetry, renaissance gargen had the reputation of being the site of erotic encounters. By shielding potential sexual misdeeds from the public view, the garden constituted an ambivalent space whose privecy, however spiritually re-warding it might be, was simultaneously suspicious, if not dangerous, to the community. On the coun-trary, the grove due to its association with social rank and class privileges served as a better place wh-ere privacy could be constructed. By ecploring the different social cintexts of the garden and the grove, this article aims to examine the multiple meanings of privacy in different class and gender re-lations. While attending to the ambivalent representation of privacy in the garden, I hopeto unveil the ways in which both Aemilia Lanyer's "The Description of Cooke-ham" and Andrew Marvell's "Upon App-letton House" locate privacy in the wood by construing it as a dimension of certain social practices in alter-native social environments. Despite their different emphasis, the pursuit of privacy is not to assert the individual's right to be left alone, but to pave the way back to the community.
Abstract 英國號稱室「隱私的起源地」,歷史學家也認為現代所認定的隱私在前現代英國社會非隨手可得的奢侈品,這種情況在當時鄉村莊園的別墅更是如此。然而,鄉村別墅中之所以缺乏隱私兵非因其為私領域,而是因為其建築空間的設計規劃是為了鞏固性別與階級之架構。相對之下,雖然莊園中其他如花園與樹林等之戶外空間亦為人造的產物,卻沒有如實體建築那樣有著難以逾越的界線,其空間動線有較多變化的可能,置身其中的個人也因此較得以暫時擺脫階級與性別差異的箝制,而不必像在室內一樣,舉手投足或日常互動都得小心翼翼,深怕逾矩跨界。也因此,花園與樹林似乎比鄉村別墅提供了較多的隱私的可能。
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