The Bedroom: An Intimate History

byMichelle PerrotTranslated byLAUREN ELKIN

Hardcover | August 21, 2018

The Bedroom: An Intimate History by Michelle Perrot
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An erudite and highly enjoyable exploration of the most intriguing of personal spaces, from Greek and Roman antiquity through today

The winner of France’s prestigious Prix Femina Essai (2009), this imaginative and captivating book explores the many dimensions of the room in which we spend so much of our lives—the bedroom. Eminent cultural historian Michelle Perrot traces the evolution of the bedroom from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans to today, examining its myriad forms and functions, from royal king’s chamber to child’s sleeping quarters to lovers’ trysting place to monk’s cell. The history of women, so eager for a room of their own, and that of prisons, where the principal cause of suffering is the lack of privacy, is interwoven with a reflection on secrecy, walls, the night and its mysteries.
 
Drawing from a wide range of sources, including architectural and design treatises, private journals, novels, memoirs, and correspondences, Perrot’s engaging book follows the many roads that lead to the bedroom—birth, sex, illness, death—in its endeavor to expose the most intimate, nocturnal side of human history.
Title:The Bedroom: An Intimate HistoryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.06 inShipping dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.06 inPublished:August 21, 2018Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300167091

ISBN - 13:9780300167092

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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