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Women, literature, and the domesticated landscape : England's disciples of flora, 1780-1870

Author: Judith W Page; Elise Lawton Smith
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011, ©2011.
Series: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 76.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Combining an analysis of literature and art, this book contends that the 'domesticated landscape' is key to understanding women's complex negotiation of private and public life in a period of revolution and transition. As more women became engaged in horticultural and botanical pursuits, the meaning of gardens - recognized here both as sites of pleasure and labor, and as conceptual and symbolic spaces - became more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith W Page; Elise Lawton Smith
ISBN: 9780521768658 0521768659
OCLC Number: 665137599
Description: xvii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
PART I. MORAL ORDER: THE SCHOOL OF NATURE: 1. 'In the home garden': moral tales for children; 2. The 'botanic eye': botany, miniature, and magnification --
PART II. THE VISUAL FRAME: CONSTRUCTING A VIEW: 3. Picturing the 'home landscape': the nature of accomplishment; 4. Commanding a view: the Taylor sisters and the construction of domestic space --
PART III. PERSONAL PRACTICE: MAKING GARDENS GROW: 4. Dorothy Wordsworth: gardening, self-fashioning, and the creation of home; 6. 'Work in a small compass': gardening manuals for women --
PART IV. NARRATIVE STRATEGIES: PLOTTING THE GARDEN; 7. 'Unbought pleasure': gardening in Cœlebs in Search of a Wife and Mansfield Park; 8. Margaret Oliphant's Chronicles of Carlingford and the meaning of Victorian gardens --
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Series Title: Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture, 76.
Responsibility: Judith W. Page, Elise L. Smith.
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