A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire

A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire

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As much as the nineteenth and early twentieth century gardens and their designs were a product and representation of industrialization and urbanization, they were also motors of change. Gardens became an industry in and of themselves. They were both the last resting places of the dead and cultivated plots for survival. Gardens were therapeutic environments regarded as civilizing, socializing and assimilating institutions, and they were designed and perceived as social landscapes and community playgrounds.

Rich with symbolism, gardens were treated as the subject and the setting for literature and painting and were often considered works of art in themselves. In a time of empire, when plants were drawn from across the globe, gardens also reflected territorial conquest and expansion and they fostered national, regional and local identities.

A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire presents an overview of the period with essays on issues of design, types of gardens, planting, use and reception, issues of meaning, verbal and visual representation of gardens, and the relationship of gardens to the larger landscape.
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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 169 x 244 x 17.78mm | 546g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 54 bw illus
  • 1350009938
  • 9781350009936
  • 1,567,409

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A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire, Edited by Sonja Dumpleman


Design, Brent Elliott, Lindley Library, Royal Horticultural Society, UK

Types of Gardens, Brent Elliott, Lindley Library, Royal Horticultural Society, UK

Plantings, Mark Laird, Harvard University, USA

Verbal Representations, Linda Parshall, Portland State University, USA

Visual Representations, Iris Lauterbach, Zentralinstitut fur Kunstgeschichte, Germany

Use and Reception, Daniel Nadenicek, University of Georgia, USA

Meaning, Heath Schenker, University of California, Davis, USA

Gardens and the Larger Landscape, Gert Groening, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, and Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahnm, Leibniz Universitat Hannover, Germany
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About Sonja Dumpelmann

Sonja Dumpleman is associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is the author of a book on the life and work of Italian landscape architect Maria Teresa Parapagliolo Shephard and of a forthcoming book on the influence of powered aviation on landscape.
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