Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel by Amy King

By Amy King

ranging from the botanical crazes encouraged through Linnaeus within the eighteenth century, and exploring the differences it spawned--natural background, panorama structure, polemical battles over botany's prurience--this research bargains a clean, designated studying of the courtship novel from Jane Austen to George Eliot and Henry James. through reanimating a cultural knowing of botany and sexuality that we've got misplaced, it presents a completely new and robust account of the novel's function in scripting sexualized courtship, and illuminates how the radical and renowned technological know-how jointly created a cultural determine, the blooming lady, that stood on the middle of either fictional and clinical worlds.

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