The Weediness of Arabian Jasmine: Ornamental Plants and Affect in Leonora Sansay's Secret History; or the Horrors of St. Domingo

Lisa Vetere

Monmouth University

Lisa M. Vetere is an Associate Professor of English at Monmouth University. Her research focuses on the relationship between early nineteenth-century narratives and historical crises both environmental and cultural, most recently on the “horrors of deforestation” in 18th-century Saint Domingue. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History and JNT: The Journal of Narrative Theory, the latter recognized by Duke University’s American Literary Scholarship as a “noteworthy period study” of 2012 in Early-19th-Century Literature.


Lisa M. Vetere explores the “weediness” of ornamental plants in Sansay’s 1808 Secret History. In an account of the final years of the Haitian Revolution that focuses more on the ecstasies of lavish balls than on the... [ view full abstract ]


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P79 » “A Plant Out of Place”: The Working of Weeds in the Long 19th Century (14:00 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment E)

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