Woman Thinking: Feminism and Transcendentalism in Nineteenth-Century America

Woman Thinking: Feminism and Transcendentalism in Nineteenth-Century America

by Tiffany K. Wayne
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739107593

ISBN-13: 9780739107591

Pub. Date: 12/01/2004

Publisher: Lexington Books

Woman Thinking explores the theoretical relationship between feminism and Transcendentalism through the ideas and activism of prominent nineteenth-century female thinkers and activists. By analyzing the work of important figures in post-Civil War American intellectual life, such as Ednah Chency. Caroline Dall. Margaret Fuller, and Elizabeth Oakes Smith. Tiffany K.

Overview

Woman Thinking explores the theoretical relationship between feminism and Transcendentalism through the ideas and activism of prominent nineteenth-century female thinkers and activists. By analyzing the work of important figures in post-Civil War American intellectual life, such as Ednah Chency. Caroline Dall. Margaret Fuller, and Elizabeth Oakes Smith. Tiffany K. Wayne demonstrates how Transcendentalism provided a language with particular appeal to women and helped promote an emerging feminist movement with the goal of acknowledging women's right to self-development. Bridging the gap between the traditionally disparate fields of women's history and American intellectual history, this book is as much a revision of Transcendentalism-arguing for recognition of the movement's more widespread and long-lasting influence in American cultural life-as it is a project in historicizing feminist theory.

About the Author:
Tiffany K. Wayne is an Affiliated Scholar with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739107591
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: The Transcendental Arc     1
"The Seeds of Thought": The Feminist Reform Vision of Margaret Fuller     15
"Woman's Right to Think": Transcendentalism in the Organized Women's Movement     41
"A Woman's Life and Work": Self-Culture, Vocation, and the Female Intellectual     79
The Concord School of Philosophy and the Feminization of Transcendentalism after the Civil War     107
Epilogue: Feminism and American Intellectual History     129
Selected Bibliography     139
Index     153
About the Author     157

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