Sunday, 5 January 2014

COP 3 - The culture of flowers

The culture of flowers


Goody, Jack (1993) The culture of flowers, The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge: Press syndicate of the University of Cambridge

Key words:

Nature, Blossom, History, Natural, Original, Travel, Poets, Intent, Observations, Cultures, Language, India, Japan, China, Ethnographers, Contemporary, Europe, Reason, Systematic, Nature, Subject, Practical, Symbolic, Flowers, Societies, Compare, Broad, Distribution, Record, Questions, Variety, Sources, Associations, Importance, Economies, Hypothesis, Semiotic, Literary, Foliage, Bouquet, Decorative, Significant, Worship, Represent, Luxury, Mass, Consumption, Revolutionaries, Iconoclasm, Origin, Usage, Markets, Gardeners, Topic, Conversation, Graveyards, Cemeteries, Botany, Distribution. 


(No flowers in Africa)
Goody (1993) commented that… “For flowers are also a part of culture: firstly, because they have been brought under cultivation by mankind and, secondly, because they are used throughout social life, for decoration, for medicine, in cooking and for their scents, but above all in establishing, maintaining and even ending relationships, with the dead as with the living, with divinities as well as humans. Goody, Jack (1993: 2)

Goody (1993) 
A picture of the nineteenth century would be incomplete without an acknowledgement of the roles of flowers, and of the expansion and democratisation of their culture in so many ways 


- (The secret language of flowers in France: Specialist knowledge or fictive ethnography)

- ‘General and specialist knowledge’ p233

‘... look at the literacy forms taken by the language of flowers in nineteenth century europe partly as a system of knowledge and communication.’

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