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The Imagination of Plants
A Book of Botanical Mythology
The Imagination of Plants
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Matthew Hall - Author
SUNY series on Religion and the Environment
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 330 pages
Release Date: July 2019
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7437-3

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Paperback - 330 pages
Release Date: January 2020
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7438-0

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Examines the role of plants in botanical mythology, from Aboriginal Australia to Zoroastrian Persia.

Plants have a remarkable mythology dating back thousands of years. From the ancient Greeks to contemporary Indigenous cultures, human beings have told colorful and enriching stories that have presented plants as sensitive, communicative, and intelligent. This book explores the myriad of plant tales from around the world and the groundbreaking ideas that underpin them. Amid the key themes of sentience and kinship, it connects the anemone to the meaning of human life, tree hugging to the sacred basil of India, and plant intelligence with the Finnish epic The Kalevala. Bringing together commentary, original source material, and colorful illustrations, Matthew Hall challenges our perspective on these myths, the plants they feature, and the human beings that narrate them.

“Whether or not we believe that any plant actually has an imagination, the rhetorical flourish in Matthew Hall’s title sends us into his book with a serious interest in what he has to say. This is a valuable addition to our knowledge about mythic tale-telling and awareness of those elements of the animate world that science, since the Renaissance, has always placed on the lowest scale of value. Hall wants to redress this imbalance, and he does so by revealing just how essential (to Indigenous cultures) the plant kingdom was to humanity’s place in the universe.” — Ashton Nichols, author of Beyond Romantic Ecocriticism: Toward Urbanatural Roosting

Matthew Hall is Associate Director of Research Services at Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. He is the author of Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: A Botanical Mythology

1. Roots

2. Gods

3. Metamorphosis

4. Legend

5. Sentience

6. Violence

Epilogue: Imagination and Beyond

A Guide to the Texts
Notes
Bibliography
Index


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