Women, literature, and the domesticated landscape : England's disciples of flora, 1780-1870 / Judith W. Page, Elise L. Smith.
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011, ©2011.
- Physical Description:
- xvii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
- Reference LibraryPR115 .P34 2011 (LC)Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 288-307) and index.
"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 complex. Women writers and artists often used gardens to educate their readers, to enter into political and cultural debates, and to signal moments of intellectual and spiritual insight. Gardens functioned as a protected vantage point for women, providing them with a new language and authority to negotiate between domestic space and the larger world. Although this more expansive form of domesticity still highlighted the virtues associated with the feminized home, it also promised a wider field of action, re-centering domesticity outward"-- Provided by publisher.
- Subject Terms:
- Domestic fiction, English -- History and criticism.English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.Gardening in literature.Gardens -- Symbolic aspects -- England -- History.Gardens in literature.Home in literature.Privacy in literature.Women and literature -- England -- History -- 19th century.
- 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