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ISBN-13: 9780820346779
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 08/15/2014
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JANA L. ARGERSINGER is a coeditor of ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance and Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism and serves as president of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

PHYLLIS COLE is professor of English at Penn State University, Brandywine, and is the author of Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History, as well as essays on feminist themes in the transcendentalist movement.

Table of Contents

List of Primary Interludes ix

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations for Frequently Cited Texts xiii

Introduction Phyllis Cole Jana Argersinger 5

Section 1 Early Voices, Origins, Influences

"Let me do nothing smale": Mary Moody Emerson and Women's "Talking" Manuscripts Noelle A. Baker 35

"With the Eyes That Are Given Me": Early Transcendentalism and Feminist Colonial Poetics in Sophia Peabody's Cuba Journal Ivonne M. García 59

Fuller, Goethe, Bettine: Cultural Transfer and Imagined German Womanhood Carol Strauss Sotiropoulos 81

What Did Margaret Think of George? Gary Williams 105

Elizabeth Peabody in the Nineteenth Century: Autobiographical Perspectives Phyllis Cole 131

Section 2 Transcendentalist Circles

"How It All Lies before Me To-day": Transcendentalist Women's Journeys into Attention Sarah Ann Wider 157

"We have abolished domestic servitude": Women and Work at Brook Farm Sterling F. Delano 179

Sentimental Transcendentalism and Political Affect: Child and Fuller in New York Jeffrey Steele 207

(S)exchanges: Julia Ward Howe's The Hermaphrodite and the Gender Dialectics of Transcendentalism Monika Elbert 229

Section 3 Wider Circles of Vision and Action

Green Exaltadas: Margaret Fuller, Transcendentalist Conservationism, and Antebellum Women's Nature Writing Daniel S. Malachuk 253

"Each Atomic Part": Edmonia Goodelle Highgate's African American Transcendentalism Eric Gardner 277

Caroline Healey Dall and the American Social Science Movement Helen R. Deese 303

Transcendental Erotics, Same-Sex Desire, and Ethel's Love-Life Dorri Beam 327

Section 4 Late Voices and Legacies

Required to "Speak": Caroline Healey Dall and the Defense of Margaret Fuller Mary De Jong 353

"A Woman's Place": The Transcendental Realism of Mary Wilkins Freeman Susan M. Stone 377

Black Exaltadas: Race, Reform, and Spectacular Womanhood after Fuller Katherine Adams 399

The Cosmopolitan Project of Louisa May Alcott Laura Dassow Walls 423

Selected Bibliography 447

Contributors 467

Index 471

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