The Resource The culture of flowers, Jack Goody

The culture of flowers, Jack Goody

Label
The culture of flowers
Title
The culture of flowers
Statement of responsibility
Jack Goody
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Jack Goody's new book takes as its theme the symbolic and transactional uses of flowers. He begins his study by asking why there are so few uses of flowers in Africa, either domesticated or wild, either in reality or in representation, and goes on to initiate a world-wide enquiry into the place of flowers in secular life and religious ritual from ancient Egypt to modern times. He links the use of flowers to the rise of advanced systems of agriculture, the growth of social stratification and the spread of luxury goods, looking at the history of aesthetic horticulture in Europe and Asia. Other themes that emerge are the role of written texts in building up a culture of flowers; the importance of trade and communications in disseminating and transforming attitudes to flowers; the rejection on puritanical grounds of flowers and their artistic representation; and the multiplicity of meanings which flowers possess." "A particular feature of the book is its analysis of the role of flowers in the Far East and of the aesthetic and political implications of flowers in China during the cultural revolution. The conclusion returns to earlier themes of long-term developments in cultural history, treating uses of flowers in the context of theology and ideology as well as of processes of production and systems of 'class'." "Written from a broad temporal and geographical perspective, this wide-ranging book will appeal not only to anthropologists and social historians but also to anyone interested in flowers and their symbolic function across the centuries."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Goody, Jack
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GN476.73
LC item number
.G66 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnobotany
  • Ethnobotany
  • Flowers
  • Flowers
  • Flowers
Label
The culture of flowers, Jack Goody
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-457) and index
Contents
No flowers in Africa? -- In the beginning : gardens and paradise, garlands and sacrifice -- The decline of flower culture in Europe -- Flowers without representation in Islam -- The return of the rose in medieval Western Europe -- Icons and iconoclasm in the Renaissance -- The growth of the market -- The secret Language of flowers in France : specialist knowledge or fictive ethnography? -- The Americanisation of the foreign mind -- The popular culture of flowers in Europe -- Garlands in India : the marigold and the jasmine -- The "four gentlemen of flowers" in China -- L̀et a hundred flowers bloom' : the New Year in South China -- A distant reading
Dimensions
265 cm.
Extent
xvii, 462 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780521414418
Isbn Type
(hard)
Lccn
92003740
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • 1044891-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1044891
  • (Sirsi) o25282058
  • (OCoLC)25282058
Label
The culture of flowers, Jack Goody
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 429-457) and index
Contents
No flowers in Africa? -- In the beginning : gardens and paradise, garlands and sacrifice -- The decline of flower culture in Europe -- Flowers without representation in Islam -- The return of the rose in medieval Western Europe -- Icons and iconoclasm in the Renaissance -- The growth of the market -- The secret Language of flowers in France : specialist knowledge or fictive ethnography? -- The Americanisation of the foreign mind -- The popular culture of flowers in Europe -- Garlands in India : the marigold and the jasmine -- The "four gentlemen of flowers" in China -- L̀et a hundred flowers bloom' : the New Year in South China -- A distant reading
Dimensions
265 cm.
Extent
xvii, 462 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780521414418
Isbn Type
(hard)
Lccn
92003740
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • 1044891-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1044891
  • (Sirsi) o25282058
  • (OCoLC)25282058

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