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Mulheres e divulgação da botânica no início do século XIX em Portugal: As Recreações Botânicas da marquesa de Alorna (2021)


During the late 18th century and the first half of the 19th, botany attracted the attention and involvement of women, not only as readers of literature on the subject but also as participants in botanical activities such as gardening, collecting and classification. Moreover, women were also important authors of books intended to promote the cultivation of botany and some of these were specifically dedicated to a female audience. This is the case of Botanical Recreations [Recreações Botânicas] by the Marquise of Alorna, a Portuguese distinguished poet, essayist and translator. This study reveals that in early 19th-century Portugal, with the exception of the Marquise of Alorna’s Botanical Recreations, there are no works dealing with scientific subjects written by women or aimed specifically at a female audience. It also shows that, in terms of access to knowledge, the upper classes suffered less from the fact that they lived in a country dominated by religious, political and intellectual censorship. Moreover, they could enjoy other places of sociability, such as the salons, in which women had a prominent role as social and cultural mediators and could freely present their ideas and literary work.

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Authors & Contributors
George, Sam
Fontes da Costa, Palmira
Bisha, Robin
Gheith, Jehanne M.
Holden, Christine
Wagner, William G.
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Journal of Literature and Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Phlogiston: Journal of the History of Science [Belgrade]
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society
Oxford University Press
Indiana University Press
Northern Illinois University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Virginia Press
Science and gender
Women in science
Science and society
Communication within scientific contexts
Humboldt, Alexander von
Darwin, Charles Robert
Becker, Lydia
Du Châtelet, Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise
Somerville, Mary Fairfax
Leonor de Almeida Portugal, Marquise of Alorna
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
17th century
20th century
16th century
Great Britain
United States

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