Herbarium Metaphors

New post on Herbarium World - Herbarium Metaphors by Maura Flannery

The last post in this series on books about herbaria is different from the others (1,2,3). It won’t focus on one book, but touch on many. What they have in common is their use of the word “herbarium” metaphorically; pressed plants are hardly mentioned, though they do come up in one book, Claudette Sartiliot’s (1993) work of literary criticism Herbarium Verbarium: The Discourse of Flowers. Herbarium here is used to signify all plants, not just dead ones. Sartiliot writes that she concentrates on modern and post-modern writers who use the flower “to reveal its polyvalent and extravagant nature, its verbal, psychological and botanical significances”.

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