Fri, October 10, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
At first sight the scientific theme of botany may seem to be a rather exotic subject in the context of the British Raj, but in fact it played a major part in late-eighteenth century Romantic British culture. The relations in India between British botanists and Indian botanical illustrators convey an intricate and surprising array of influences that challenge the claim, offered by Indian as well as European historians of science-and especially postcolonial theorists-that the work of botanizing ITheresa Kelley is the Tiefenthaler Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her books include Wordsworth's Revisionary Aesthetics (Cambridge, 1988) and Reinventing Allegory (Cambridge, 1997). She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John D. Simon Foundation for her current book project, 'Clandestine Marriage: Botany and Romantic Culture'. She taught Romantic literature in the English department at UT from 1988 to 1999.