Botany, sexuality and women's writing, 1760-1830: from modest shoot to forward plant.

Botany, sexuality and women's writing, 1760-1830: from modest shoot to forward plant. Sam George.

Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2007. Octavo, dustwrapper, BRAND NEW.

Contains full texts of rare botanical poems by eighteenth-century women. This title engages with popular and provoking debates on sexuality, as women's study of the modern sexual system of botany was perceived to threaten female modesty.

Introduction; 1. 'The Sweet Flowers that Smile in the Walk of Man': floral femininity and female education; 2. 'Unveiling the mysteries of vegetation': botany and the feminine; 3. Sex, class and order in Flora's army; 4. Forward plants and wanton women: botany and sexual anxiety in the late eighteenth century; 5. 'Botany in an English dress': British flora and the 'fair daughters of Albion'; Conclusion; Appendices: Botanical poems by women; Bibliography; Index.

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