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Title: Victorian women and the meaning of flowers : an exploration of gender and culture in the work of three female artists, 1896-1936
Author: Ericsson-Penfold, Christen
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis explores the rarely examined relationship between women and flowers, specifically analysing the use of flowers as a primary subject in the work of three middleclass English Victorian women artists: painter and traveller Marianne North (1830-1890), garden designer and horticultural journalist Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), and embroiderer, designer and teacher May Morris (1862- 1938). Through this research the relationship between women and flowers is understood as an inherent element of Victorian culture. By employing Beverley Skeggs' notion of 'location' - the multifaceted elements that combine to create their context - I suggest these women offer examples of individuals who subtly reshaped their culturally defined parameters. Utilising flowers, a subject embedded with feminine associations and thereby a culturally accepted medium for women, allowed them to work under the guise of gendered conventionality, whilst simultaneously expanding their boundaries to pursue their own creative aspiration.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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