April 22, 2020

CVAC Speaker Series: Sex, Erotica and the Victorian Garden in Literature

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April 22, 2020

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CVAC Speaker Series: Sex, Erotica and the Victorian Garden in Literature

This talk explores the relationship between gardens and sex in Victorian literature.

Gardens in Victorian novels were often linked with sexuality and sexual activity through the parallels between plant and human reproductive processes, the use of floral language and “blooming” as a metaphor for marriageable women, and the frequency with which romantic trysts and transgressions occur in garden spaces.

Summer houses, for instance, are locations where people fall in love in Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White (1860), commit adultery in Wilkie Collins’s The Evil, Genius (1886), and engage in explicitly adulterous and incestuous sex in William Lazenby’s pornographic novel The Romance of Lust; or, Early Experiences (1873-76), always acting as a catalyst for these dalliances.

Entry by donation: suggested $5.00
This event may be held on April 22.
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LOCATION:

Gallery, Annex & Studio
Cowichan Community Centre,
Main Floor
2687 James Street
Duncan, B.C., V9L 2X5

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