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Women, Literature, and the Arts of the Countryside in Early Twentieth-Century England

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  • Date Published: May 2021
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108491150

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  • Focusing on eight writers and artists, this book examines the centrality of the countryside to women's work, creativity, and aspirations in early-twentieth-century England. The authors introduce us to figures who should be better known today: educators, artists, novelists, poets, and memoirists. Divided into four sections, with foci on professions and education, the transformation of the countryside, arts and crafts, and dislocation and loss, this book by a literature scholar and an art historian brings an interdisciplinary perspective, providing a unique view of women's responses to such major issues of the twentieth century as war, industrialization, modernist ideology, and gender. From Mary Watts's remarkable pottery to Beatrix Potter's work as a children's author and environmentalist to Dora Carrington's haunting paintings and Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst Castle Garden, this book challenges readers to rethink the early twentieth century through the lens of their work.

    • Introduces readers to a range of writers and artists of the period, some of whom have not been widely read or viewed in recent years
    • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach, which differs from some more conventional readings of the garden in history
    • Focuses in detail on eight figures and places them in historical and cultural contexts and in relation to each other
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    • Date Published: May 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108491150
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 259 x 183 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Transforming Lives: Gardening Education, Environmental Activism, and the Professional Woman:
    1. Frances Garnet Wolseley and the Rise of the Professional Woman Gardener
    2. Realism and Romance: Beatrix Potter's Natural Worlds
    Part II. The Transformation of the Countryside:
    3. 'Planted . . . in the Right Soil': Finding a Home in Two Novels by Edith Nesbit
    4. To Every Field There is a History: Flora Thompson's English Countryside
    Part III. The Arts and Crafts of the Garden:
    5. 'A Rising Stream of Life': Nature as Ground and Spirit in the Art of Mary Watts
    6. Dora Carrington's 'Phantom' Geography and the 'Crisis' of her Landscapes
    Part IV. Redeeming the Waste Land: Dislocation, Loss, and Ruin:
    7. 'The Garden Abides': Marion Cran and Wartime Memoirs of Life in the Garden
    8. Castle and Rose: Vita-Sackville West and the Redemption of Sissinghurst
    Epilogue.

  • Authors

    Judith W. Page, University of Florida
    Judith W. Page is Professor of English and Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Emerita, University of Florida. In addition to numerous articles, she has published Wordsworth and the Cultivation of Women (University of California, 1994), Imperfect Sympathies: Jews and Judaism in British Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England's Disciples of Flora (with Elise Smith, Cambridge, 2011), and 'Disciples of Flora': Gardens in History and Culture (co-edited with Victoria Pagan and Brigitte Weltman-Aron, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).

    Elise L. Smith, Millsaps College, Mississippi
    Elise L. Smith is Professor of Art History and Sanderson Chair in Arts and Sciences at Millsaps College, Mississippi. In addition to numerous articles on art-historical topics, she has published The Paintings of Lucas van Leyden (University of Missouri, 1992), Evelyn De Morgan and the Allegorical Body (Fairleigh Dickinson, 2002), and Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England's Disciples of Flora (with Judith Page; Cambridge, 2011).

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