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BloomThe Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel$
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Amy M. King

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161519.001.0001

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The Girl and the Water Lily

The Girl and the Water Lily

(p.3) INTRODUCTION The Girl and the Water Lily

Amy M. King

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the focus on this book: the girl “in bloom,” or the female whose social and sexual maturation is expressed by the use of a word (bloom) whose genealogy can be traced back to the function of the bloom or flower in Linnaeus's botanical system. The chapter then discusses the use of bloom in 18th- and 19th-century fiction, and the one-to-one correspondences between botanical theory and novelistic practice. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   girl, botany, flower, Linnaeus, classical novel, English novel, botanical theory, novelistic practice

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