Bloom

Bloom : The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel

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Starting from the botanical crazes inspired by Linnaeus in the eighteenth century, and exploring the variations it spawned - natural history, landscape architecture, polemical battles over botany's prurience - this study offers a fresh, detailed 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 an entirely 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 stood at the center of both fictional and scientific worlds.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 158 x 228 x 24mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous halftones and one line illustration
  • 0195161513
  • 9780195161519

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Unusually for an academic study, Bloom combines meticulous attention to the detail of cultural history and vigorous readings of nineteenth-century fiction with the breathless excitement of someone who has stumbled upon a story never previously told. * Alison Stenton, Times Literary Supplement *show more

About Amy M. King

Amy M. King is Assistant Professor of English at St. John's Universityshow more

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