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Romanticism was a cultural and intellectual movement characterized by discovery, revolution, and the poetic as well as by the philosophical relationship between people and nature. Botany sits at the intersection where romantic scientific and literary discourses meet. Clandestine Marriage explores the meaning and methods of how plants were represented and reproduced in scientific, literary, artistic, and material cultures of the period. Theresa M. Kelley synthesizes romantic debates about taxonomy and morphology, the contemporary interest in books and magazines devoted to plant study and images, and writings by such authors as Mary Wollstonecraft and Anna Letitia Barbauld. Color illustrations of flower paintings from the time bring her argument and the romantics' passion for plants to life. In addition to exploring botanic thought and practice in the context of British romanticism, Kelley also looks to the German philosophical traditions of Kant, Hegel, and Goethe and to Charles Darwin’s reflections on orchids and plant pollination. Her interdisciplinary approach allows a deeper understanding of a time when exploration of the natural world was a culture-wide enchantment.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xi
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. Botanical Matters
  2. pp. 17-51
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  1. 3. Botany’s Publics and Privates
  2. pp. 52-89
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  1. 4. Botanizing Women
  2. pp. 90-125
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  1. 5. Clare’s Commonable Plants
  2. pp. 126-158
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  1. INTERLUDE ONE: Mala’s Garden: A Caribbean Interlude
  2. pp. 159-161
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  1. 6. Reading Matter and Paint
  2. pp. 162-209
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  1. INTERLUDE TWO: A Romantic Garden: Shelley on Vitality and Decay
  2. pp. 210-215
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  1. 7. Restless Romantic Plants and Philosophers
  2. pp. 216-245
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  1. 8. Conclusion
  2. pp. 246-262
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 263-297
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 299-323
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-342
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421407609
Related ISBN
9781421405179
MARC Record
OCLC
819379648
Pages
392
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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