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The culture of flowers

Author: Jack Goody
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jack Goody's new book takes as its theme the symbolic and transactional uses of flowers. He begins his study by asking why there are so few uses of flowers in Africa, either domesticated or wild, either in reality or in representation, and goes on to initiate a world-wide enquiry into the place of flowers in secular life and religious ritual from ancient Egypt to modern times. He links the use of flowers to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Goody
ISBN: 0521414415 9780521414418 0521424844 9780521424844
OCLC Number: 25282058
Description: xvii, 462 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: No flowers in Africa? --
In the beginning : gardens and paradise, garlands and sacrifice --
The decline of flower culture in Europe --
Flowers without representation in Islam --
The return of the rose in medieval Western Europe --
Icons and iconoclasm in the Renaissance --
The growth of the market --
The secret Language of flowers in France : specialist knowledge or fictive ethnography? --
The Americanisation of the foreign mind --
The popular culture of flowers in Europe --
Garlands in India : the marigold and the jasmine --
The f̀our gentlemen of flowers' in China --
L̀et a hundred flowers bloom' : the New Year in South China --
A distant reading.
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