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

Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel

byAmy King

Paperback | July 9, 2007

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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 toGeorge 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 culturalfigure, the blooming girl, that stood at the center of both fictional and scientific worlds.
Title:Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 9, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195339096

ISBN - 13:9780195339093


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Girl and the Water LilyChapter 1: Linnaeus's Blooms: The Birth of the Botanical VernacularThe Rise of Botanical CultureThe Mechanics of the Botanical VernacularBotanical Mimetics and the NovelThe Eighteenth Century: Occluded BloomsTowards the Nineteenth Century: The Bloom NarrativeChapter 2: Imaginative Literature and the Politics of BotanyBotany's Gendered ControversiesBotanical Modesty: Edgeworth's BelindaBotanical Poetry: Charlotte Smith and Erasmus DarwinChapter 3: Austen's Physicalized Mimesis: Garden, Landscape, Marriageable GirlLovers Walk: Burney's Evelina and Austen's Pride and PrejudiceImproving Grounds, Improving ComplexionsBloom: Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, PersuasionChapter 4: Eliot's Vernaculars: Natural Objects and Revisionary BloomsOssification: Mid-Century Bloom in DickensRevivification: Mid-Century Bloom in Middlemarch and Adam BedeOrganic Realism: Eliot and Natural HistoryChapter 5: Inside and Outside the Plot: Rewriting the Bloom Script in JamesThe Critic and BloomThe Girl as Topic: Watch and Ward and The Awkward AgeA Blooming Consciousness: The Portrait of a LadyBloom's Decadence: The Wings of the Dove and The Picture of Dorian GrayCoda: Later Bloomings: Molly's BloomNotes

Editorial Reviews

"By bringing together human courtships and botanical systems, King persuasively demonstrates how writers were able to imbue fiction with sexuality, while still remaining perfectly decorous.... This is a study that not only illuminates how courtship narratives can be replete with sexualreference and yet still 'respectable,' but also perfectly demonstrates how the tracing of the implications of just one highly charged word brings out the inseparability of scientific and literary cultures."--Studies in English Literature 1500-1900