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Clandestine Marriage 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 periodTheresa 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 Period botanical paintings of flowers are reproduced in vibrant color bringing her argument and the romantics' passion for plants to lifeIn 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 A beautiful trenchant and very funny work and I think it moves forward several debates about the motivations of 18th and 19th century botany and romantic science in productive and necessary waysEspecially loved the close attention to Linnaeus Erasmus Darwin Goethe and Hegel here Not to mention the orchids

  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Clandestine Marriage
  • Theresa M. Kelley
  • English
  • 07 November 2016
  • 9781421405179

About the Author: Theresa M. Kelley

Professor Kelley has written widely on aspects of Romanticism late eighteenth century aesthetics and philosophy critical theory and the history and philosophy of science

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