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The Girl and the Water Lily

Amy M. King

in Bloom

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161519
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161519.003.0001
 The Girl and the Water Lily

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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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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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