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Green Retreats. Women, gardens and eighteenth-century culture

Bending, Stephen (2013) Green Retreats. Women, gardens and eighteenth-century culture, Cambridge, GB, Cambridge University Press, 319pp.

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Abstract

Green Retreats presents a lively and beautifully illustrated account of eighteenth-century women in their gardens, in the context of the larger history of their retirement from the world – whether willed or enforced – and of their engagement with the literature of gardening. Beginning with a survey of cultural representations of the woman in the garden, Stephen Bending goes on to tell the stories, through their letters, diaries and journals, of some extraordinary eighteenth-century women including Elizabeth Montagu and the Bluestocking circle, the gardening neighbours Lady Caroline Holland and Lady Mary Coke, and Henrietta Knight, Lady Luxborough, renowned for her scandalous withdrawal from the social world. The emphasis on how gardens were used, as well as designed, allows the reader to rethink the place of women in the eighteenth century, and understand what was at stake for those who stepped beyond the flower garden and created their own landscapes.

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Published date: June 2013
Organisations: English

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Local EPrints ID: 344390
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344390
ISBN: 9781107040021
PURE UUID: 1bfd5d4e-8fa2-4d41-9256-be6052d2d448

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Date deposited: 23 Oct 2012 11:24
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:16

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Author: Stephen Bending

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