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Gender and the Garden in Early Modern English Literature

Jennifer Munroe
Format
Book
Published
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2008]
Language
English
Series
Women and Gender in the Early Modern World
ISBN
9780754658269, 0754658260
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Summary
"Radical reconfigurations in gardening practice in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England altered the social function of the garden, offering men and women new opportunities for social mobility. While recent work has addressed how middle class men used the garden to attain this mobility, the gendering of the garden during the period has gone largely unexamined. This new study focuses on the developing gendered tension in gardening that stemmed from a shift from the garden as a means of feeding a family, to the garden as an aesthetic object imbued with status.
The first part of the book focuses on how practical gardening books proposed methods for planting as they simultaneously represented gardens increasingly hierarchized by gender. The second part of the book looks at how men and women appropriated aesthetic uses of actual gardening in their poetry, and reveals a parallel gendered tension there. Munroe analyzes garden representations in the writings of such manuals writers as Gervase Markham, Thomas Hill, and William Lawson, and such poets as Edmund Spenser, Aemilia Lanyer and Lady Mary Wroth.
Investigating gardens, gender and writing, Jennifer Munroe considers not only published literary representations of gardens, but also actual garden landscapes and unpublished evidence of everyday gardening practice. She de-prioritizes the text as a primary means of cultural production, showing instead the relationship between what men and women might imagine possible and represent in their writing, and everyday spatial practices and the spaces men and women occupied and made. In so doing, she also broadens our outlook on whom we can identify and value as producers of early modern social space."--Jacket.
Contents
  • Introduction: Laying the Groundwork
  • Chapter 1
  • Gardens, Gender, and Writing
  • Dividing Plots: Specialization and the Art of Gardening
  • The Gendered Art of Gardening
  • Gender and the Written Garden
  • Chapter 2
  • Planting English and Cultivating the Gentleman: Spensers Gardens
  • Ireland-as-Garden in Spensers A View of the State of Ireland
  • That sacred soil where all our perils grow: Dangerous Gardens, Book 2
  • In that Gardin planted bee againe: The Garden of Adonis, Book 3
  • Growing Distance: Spenser and Elizabeth
  • Chapter 3
  • Inheritance, Land, and the Garden Space for Women in Aemilia Lanyers Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (Hail, God, King of the Jews)
  • Yea in his kingdome onely rests my lands: Earthly Disinheritance in the Dedicatory Poems
  • Spiritual Inheritance in Salve Deus
  • Women Inherit the Earth in The Description of Cooke-ham
  • Chapter 4
  • In this strang labourinth how shall I turne?: Needlework, Gardens, and Writing in Mary Wroths Pamphilia To Amphilanthus
  • Nature's Art: Books, Bands, and Curious Knots
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Spaces
  • To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn.
Description
137 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 123-133) and index.
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