Shteir, Ann B.
Title Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science - Flora's Daughters and Botany in England, 1760 to 1860
Book Condition As New
Edition First Edition
Publisher Baltimore John Hopkins University Press 1996
0801851416 / 9780801851414
Seller ID 001432
Illustrated, pp xiv, 301, a very good paperback copy of a well researched work. Becoming extremely scarce. [In Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science, Ann B. Shteir explores the contributions of women to the field of botany before and after the dawn of the Victorian Age. She shows how ideas during the eighteenth century about botany as a leisure activity for self-improvement and a "feminine" pursuit gave women unprecedented opportunities to publish their findings and views. By the 1830s, however, botany came to be regarded as a professional activity for specialists and experts -- and women's contributions to the field of botany as authors and teachers were viewed as problematic. Shteir focuses on John Lindley, whose determination to form distinctions between polite botany -- what he called "amusement for the ladies" -- and botanical science -- "an occupation for the serious thoughts of man" -- illustrates how the contributions of women were minimized in the social history of science. Despite such efforts, women continued to participate avidly in botanical activities at home and abroad, especially by writing for other women, children, and general readers.]
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