A Victorian Flower Dictionary : The Language of Flowers Companion

A Victorian Flower Dictionary : The Language of Flowers Companion

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“A flower is not a flower alone; a thousand thoughts invest it.”
Daffodils signal new beginnings, daisies innocence. Lilacs mean the first emotions of love, periwinkles tender recollection. Early Victorians used flowers as a way to express their feelings—love or grief, jealousy or devotion. Now, modern-day romantics are enjoying a resurgence of this bygone custom, and this book will share the historical, literary, and cultural significance of flowers with a whole new generation. With lavish illustrations, a dual dictionary of flora and meanings, and suggestions for creating expressive arrangements, this keepsake is the perfect compendium for everyone who has ever given or received a bouquet.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780345532862
Branch Call Number: 808.8036 KIRKB
Additional Contributors: Diffenbaugh, Vanessa Language of flowers
Notes: "Originally published in the United Kingdom by Macmillan"--Title page verso


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Apr 21, 2018

Was not expecting the Victorian-era racism regarding the Japanese flowers. A simple Google search on the part of the authors would have illuminated the problems with using La Japonaise au Bain, a particularly Orientalist piece of art, with no discussion of the problems of Japonisme's sexualization of Japanese women and use of European models. The words "exotic" and "since time immemorial" are lazy writing.


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