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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1, University of Zurich (Englisches Seminar), language: English, abstract: Women have been closely associated with gardens: for a perceived similarity to their 'nature', for the garden's connection to the domestic sphere, and, not least, for their connection by the 'hortus conclusus' motif, referring back to the Bible. This connection became even stronger in 19th century England. In the wake of the general gardening rage it became possible for women to pursue gardening as a career. Women began to emerge as competent authors of gardening books, and in imaginative literature, too, women in particular showed no restraint in declaring their passion for the garden. The most important among them was Elizabeth von Arnim (1866-1941), an Australian-born British novelist. In her bestselling novels "Elizabeth and Her German Garden" (1898), as well as in the two sequels "The Solitary Summer" (1899) and "The Pious Pilgrimage" (1901), the autobiographical heroine Elizabeth enjoys ecstatic, creative freedom in her Pomeranian garden.This thesis explores the relationship between gardens and their representation in literature, the relationship between women and gardens in the 19th century, and the function of the garden for the main character and narrator in works by writer Elizabeth von Arnim. In von Arnim's works, the garden is a protect...

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