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Trädgårdens textur: Rumsliga, materiella och sociala perspektiv på den privatägda trädgården i Sverige cirka 1900-1930
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2024 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The Garden’s Texture : Spatial, material, and social perspectives on privately owned gardens in Sweden circa 1900-1930 (English)
Abstract [en]

The subject of this dissertation is privately owned gardens in Sweden circa 1900–1930 and aims to identify and make visible their meaning and impact on different societal levels. Sweden, like many other European countries, faced profound societal changes during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This was in part due to a major increase in population, the development of new urban environments, a growing working class, and migration within and out of the country. The culmination of these circumstances had an impact on the development of society, more broadly, and on housing, in particular.

Prior scholarly inquiries across multiple disciplines have studied the home as a locus for various social relations and expressions of aesthetic ideals. However, the outdoor space of the home has not been specifically included or emphasized in previous research. The focus of this dissertation is therefore to examine gardens within the private sphere – in physical form as well as in their conceptions –  concentrating on spatial organization and material constitution within the social context of the time. The aim is to make visible the ways in which the garden acted as an important part of the construction of the ideal home, in theory as well as in practice. In so doing, gardens and garden practices of the early twentieth century are historically, culturally, and socially situated.

The theoretical framework is built upon the concept of texture which combines the theoretical fields of spatial theory and materiality. The approach and the use of texture emphasize the material elements that are essential in the constitution of the garden (but not always considered meaningful in their own right), as well as the relationship between humans and their surroundings, particularly with regard to home-making and relating practices. It includes analyses of individual materials’ physical conditions and the way they are experienced with the senses. Furthermore, it highlights the material and visual merging of materials as a perceived whole and the relation of the parts to that whole. Finally, it elucidates the socio-cultural relations between objects and environments which are then experienced, used, and changed by human subjects. 

The dissertation demonstrates the various meanings of the garden and garden practices, based on a vast set of empirical sources selected on principles of geographical and demographical diversity during the selected time period. The result is presented in case studies. These include analyses of garden literature, the work of county gardeners employed by the Agricultural Society, and educational institutions such as Lillie Landgren’s Torshäll (Dalarna County). Furthermore, particular sites are investigated, such as the mining town of Boliden (Västerbotten County), and the private gardens of Crown Princess Margareta at Sofiero (Skåne County) and Ellen Key at Strand (Östergötand County). The study reveals the multifaceted functions of the garden. The conception of the garden’s potential was made visible in publications and visual material, which provided exemplary gardens, cultivated by – and at the same time cultivating – the human actors. The study’s emphasis on the manual elaboration of materials with a certain aesthetic ideal or practical purpose as the objective confirms that the garden is a result of spatial, material, and social prerequisites, all coalescing as the texture of the garden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för kultur och estetik, Stockholms universitet , 2024. , p. 356
Keywords [en]
garden, garden design, garden history, art history, texture, spatial theory, materiality, early twentieth century Sweden, garden literature, county gardeners, agricultural society, Boliden, Rudolf Abelin, Gustaf Lind, H. H. Thomas, Edith Bussler, Karl Mattsson, Lillie Landgren, Crown Princess Margareta, Ellen Key
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Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-227449ISBN: 978-91-8014-719-4 (print)ISBN: 978-91-8014-720-0 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-227449DiVA, id: diva2:1844719
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2024-05-03, Auditoriet (215), Manne Siegbahnhusen, Frescativägen 24E, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2024-04-10 Created: 2024-03-14 Last updated: 2024-04-12Bibliographically approved

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