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'Her cause against herself': Margaret Fuller, Emersonian Democracy, and the nineteenth century public intellectual.
American Nineteenth Century History (2004)
  • Adam-Max Tuchinsky, University of Southern Maine
Abstract

Interpretations of Margaret Fuller's ideological significance have embedded her biography in an older understanding of Transcendentalism's history that imagines a post-Brook Farm cleavage between "Emersonian individualists" and more socially conscious communitarians. In late 1844, Fuller left New England for employment at Horace Greeley's 'New-York Tribune,' a moment that a number of biographers and critics have imagined as Fuller's own personal Brook Farm, her resignation from the "party of Emerson." Late-20th-century work in the history of Transcendentalism and romantic liberalism more generally, however, has been more careful about confusing romantic individuality with modern bourgeois individualism. This article furthers the discussion of Transcendentalist ideology by arguing that Fuller's New York journalism was representative of the broad intellectual unity of the movement's democratic experiments - experiments that experientially, socially, and intellectually aimed to overcome the boundaries between the body and the mind, manual and mental labor, and the manual and mental classes.

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Publication Date
Spring 2004
Citation Information
Adam-Max Tuchinsky. "'Her cause against herself': Margaret Fuller, Emersonian Democracy, and the nineteenth century public intellectual." American Nineteenth Century History Vol. 5 Iss. 1 (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/adam-max_tuchinsky/3/