Focusing on a range of twentieth-century texts and including relevant twenty-first century writing, Garden Plots explores the ways in which gardens in fiction represent more than just a familiar theme. Bound up with wider aesthetic and ideological issues, gardens, like literary forms, are subject to transformations. The term 'plots' is a keyword in this approach. It refers to garden plots, literary plots, and more generally, the plotting that is political, polemical, and subversive. Each of the six chapters includes four texts that are familiar and representative. Authors include Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Carol Shields, J. M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jamaica Kincaid, and Philip K. Dick.The classical fable of Cupid and Psyche introduced early in the story has a moral pertaining to matters of seeing and sorting. ... The obvious butterfly of the piece is, at first, Eugenia, whereas Matty, with her thin brown wrists and sharp, angular ... task of sorting - and therefore new seeing - of his own :a#39;I hope your sorting may be completed to everyonea#39;s satisfactiona#39;. ... Matty, through her own story-telling, confirms her understanding of the propensity for myth-making and its persistentanbsp;...
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