Paradise Preserved: Recreations in Eden in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England by Max F. SchulzParadise Preserved: Recreations in Eden in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England by Max F. Schulz

Paradise Preserved: Recreations in Eden in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England

byMax F. Schulz

Paperback | September 3, 2009

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This major book examines the ways in which the idea of an earthly paradise inspired English life and thought in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Professor Schulz begins with the eighteenth-century passion for landscape gardens - attempts physically to recreate Eden on earth. He traces the 'internalising' of Eden by the Romantic poets and by painters such as Constable and Palmer, and then turns to the Victorian identification of paradise not with a garden but with the city - a technological Eden, achieved by massive feats of engineering that would control the environment. Chapters on Turner, Tennyson, and the Pre-Raphaelites show the increasing disillusion with this urban and mechanised ideal as the century declined towards the purely imaginative paradises of Beardsley's drawings and Whistler's Peacock Room - Eden recreated in the dining room of a Liverpool shipping millionaire. Wide ranging in scope and generously illustrated, Paradise Preserved is a remarkable work of literary, artistic and cultural history.
Title:Paradise Preserved: Recreations in Eden in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:388 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.79 inPublished:September 3, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521118921

ISBN - 13:9780521118927

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the continuing mystique of Paradise; Part I. Eighteenth-Century Landscape Garden Paradises: 1. Gardening Lords; Part II. Romantic Paradisal Bowers, Valleys, and Islands: 2. Blake and the unencing dialectic of Earth and Eden; 3. Coleridge and the enchantments of earthly paradise; 4. Wordsworth and the Axis Mundi of Grasmere; 5. Byron's and Shelley's Hesperian Islands; 6. Bewick's, Constable's, and Palmer's Locus Paradisus; 7. Crabbe's and Clare's enclosed vales; Part III. Victorian Heavenly Cities and Blessed Damozels: 8. From natural landscape to controlled environment; 9. Paxton's Hyde Park Crystal Palace; 10. Turner's fabled Atlantis: London, Venice and Carthage as paradisal cityscape; 11. Tennyson's celestial Camelot; 12. Mid-Victorian London and the angel in the house; 13. Pre-Raphaelite tainted gardens, lost ladies, and intruders on the green; 14. Rossetti's blessed Eve and her daughters; 15. Whistler's peacock room: a curvilinear Locus Spiritus for the Times; Notes' Index.