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'Not Strictly Proper For A Female Pen': Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Sexuality of Botany

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-210
JournalComparative Critical Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2005


Examines the adaptations of Carl Linnaeus' "Systema Naturae," which introduced a new classification system of plants based on a sexual system of botany, by William Withering, Erasmus Darwin and Anna Seward. Use of botany not only for conservative but also subversive social and political ends; Fear by moralists that descriptions of the promiscuity of plant life might offend female delicacy; Withering's disguise of the sexual character of the Linnaean classes and orders.


Original article can be found at: Copyright Edinburgh University Press.

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