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The publishing success of a secret love code: the birth of the language of flowers in nineteenth century Paris and its reception in imperial Rio de Janeiro

Grant number: 14/02876-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): June 18, 2014
Effective date (End): August 17, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Alessandra El Far
Grantee:Alessandra El Far
Host: Jean-Yves Mollier
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France  

Abstract

This project intends to propose a research in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, for two months, in order to read the dozens of editions of the Language of flowers, a literary genre that was born in nineteenth century Paris, offering to its readers a secret love code.In Brazil these publications became known as Dictionary of Flowers and for years were part of the gallant daily life in Rio de Janeiro. After collecting and analyzing for two years the Brazilian versions of the language of flowers in Rio de Janeiro archives, I recognize the importance to read the French editions as well as the historical and academic works on the European social context of the nineteenth century and its fascination for flowers and their meanings.