By Theresa M. Kelley
Romanticism used to be a cultural and highbrow stream characterised by means of discovery, revolution, and the poetic in addition to by means of the philosophical dating among humans and nature. Botany sits on the intersection the place romantic clinical and literary discourses meet. Clandestine Marriage explores the which means and strategies of the way vegetation have been represented and reproduced in medical, literary, creative, and fabric cultures of the interval.
Theresa M. Kelley synthesizes romantic debates approximately taxonomy and morphology, the modern curiosity in books and magazines dedicated to plant learn and pictures, and writings by means of such authors as Mary Wollstonecraft and Anna Letitia Barbauld. interval botanical work of flora are reproduced in bright colour, bringing her argument and the romantics' ardour for vegetation to life.
In addition to exploring botanic suggestion and perform within the context of British romanticism, Kelley additionally seems to the German philosophical traditions of Kant, Hegel, and Goethe and to Charles Darwin’s reflections on orchids and plant pollination. Her interdisciplinary process permits a deeper realizing of a time whilst exploration of the wildlife was once a culture-wide enchantment.