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"Good observers of nature" : American women and the scientific study of the natural world, 1820-1885 / Tina Gianquitto.

By: Gianquitto, TinaMaterial type: TextTextPublication details: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2007. Description: 1 online resource (xii, 216 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780820336558; 0820336556Subject(s): Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer Bitterfeld | Women naturalists -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Women botanists -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Natural history -- United States -- 19th century | Nature in literature -- History -- 19th century | Botany in literature -- History -- 19th century | Natural History | Women -- history | History, 19th Century | United States | NATURE -- Essays | NATURE -- Reference | TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Ecotourism | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Science & Technology | LITERARY CRITICISM -- Women Authors | Botany in literature | Natural history | Nature in literature | Women botanists | Women naturalists | United States | Naturwissenschaftlerin | Frau -- Naturwissenschaften -- USA -- Geschichte 19. Jh | Naturwissenschaften -- Frau -- USA -- Geschichte 19. Jh | Botanikerin -- USA -- Geschichte 19. Jh | Frauenliteratur -- amerikanische -- Naturwissenschaften -- Geschichte 19. Jh | Naturwissenschaften -- Frauenliteratur -- amerikanische -- Geschichte 19. Jh | Naturwissenschaftlerin | USA | USA | 1800-1899Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. | History. Additional physical formats: Print version:: "Good observers of nature".DDC classification: 508.092 LOC classification: QH26 | .G53 2007ebNLM classification: 2011 D-064 | QH 26Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Introduction. The languages of nature : an overview -- Botany's beautiful arrangement : Almira Phelps and Enlightenment science -- The pressure of hidden causes : Margaret Fuller and Romantic science -- The noble designs of nature : Susan Fenimore Cooper, natural science, and the picturesque aesthetic -- Spiders, ants, and carnivorous plants : Mary Treat and evolutionary science -- Epilogue. Human homes in nature's household : the emergence of a conservation ethic.
Summary: "In 'Good Observers of Nature' Tina Gianquitto examines nineteenth-century American women's intellectual and aesthetic experiences of nature and the linguistic, perceptual, and scientific systems that were available to women to describe those experiences. Many women writers of this period used the natural world as a platform for discussing issues of domesticity, education, and the nation. To what extend, asks Gianquitto, did these writers challenge the prevalent sentimental narrative modes (like those used in the popular flower language books) and use scientific terminology to describe the world around them? Though Gianquitto explores a range of women's nature writing (botanical manuals, plant catalogs, travel narratives, seasonal journals, scientific essays), she focuses on four writers and their most influential works : Almira Phelops (Familiar Lectures on Botany, 1829), Margaret Fuller (Summer on the Lakes, in 1843), Susan Fenimore Cooper (Rural Hours, 1850), and Mary Treat (Home Studies in Nature, 1885)."--Back cover.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-211) and index.

Introduction. The languages of nature : an overview -- Botany's beautiful arrangement : Almira Phelps and Enlightenment science -- The pressure of hidden causes : Margaret Fuller and Romantic science -- The noble designs of nature : Susan Fenimore Cooper, natural science, and the picturesque aesthetic -- Spiders, ants, and carnivorous plants : Mary Treat and evolutionary science -- Epilogue. Human homes in nature's household : the emergence of a conservation ethic.

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"In 'Good Observers of Nature' Tina Gianquitto examines nineteenth-century American women's intellectual and aesthetic experiences of nature and the linguistic, perceptual, and scientific systems that were available to women to describe those experiences. Many women writers of this period used the natural world as a platform for discussing issues of domesticity, education, and the nation. To what extend, asks Gianquitto, did these writers challenge the prevalent sentimental narrative modes (like those used in the popular flower language books) and use scientific terminology to describe the world around them? Though Gianquitto explores a range of women's nature writing (botanical manuals, plant catalogs, travel narratives, seasonal journals, scientific essays), she focuses on four writers and their most influential works : Almira Phelops (Familiar Lectures on Botany, 1829), Margaret Fuller (Summer on the Lakes, in 1843), Susan Fenimore Cooper (Rural Hours, 1850), and Mary Treat (Home Studies in Nature, 1885)."--Back cover.

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