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Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel

Amy M. King

Abstract

Starting from the botanical crazes inspired by Linnaeus in the 18th century, and exploring the variations it spawned — natural history, landscape architecture, polemical battles over botany's prurience — this book offers a fresh reading of the courtship novel from Jane Austen to George Eliot and Henry James. By reanimating a cultural understanding of botany and sexuality that we have lost, it provides a new and powerful account of the novel's role in scripting sexualized courtship, and illuminates how the novel and popular science together created a cultural figure, the blooming girl, that sto ... More

Keywords: Linnaeus, natural history, landscape, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James, botany and sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195161519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161519.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy M. King, author
California Institute of Technology

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