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Later Bloomings

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/9780195161519.003.0007
 Later Bloomings

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By the early 20th century the pervasive botanical vernacular had largely disappeared from culture, but the idiomatic meaning of “bloom,” as well as its literary meanings, persists. This chapter argues that bloom remains in force today, from its use in popular journalistic language to even smaller and more thoroughly disseminated levels of cultural production, even as its origins in a very real science have disappeared from view.

Keywords: bloom; Henry James; James Joyce; botanical vernacular

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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