Woman in the Nineteenth Century an Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Criticism

Woman in the Nineteenth Century an Authoritative Text Backgrounds Criticism Criticism and Reviews presents a superb selection of critical writing about the novel The critics include Orestes A Brownson A G M Lydia Maria Child Frederic Dan Huntington Edgar A Poe Charles La

  • Title: Woman in the Nineteenth Century an Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Criticism
  • Author: Margaret Fuller Larry J. Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9780393971576
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • Criticism and Reviews presents a superb selection of critical writing about the novel The critics include Orestes A Brownson, A G M, Lydia Maria Child, Frederic Dan Huntington, Edgar A Poe, Charles Lane, George Eliot, Margaret Vanderhaar Allen, David M Robinson, Bell Gale Chevigny, Julie Ellison, Christina Zwarg, and Jeffery Steele A Chronology and Selected Bibliogr Criticism and Reviews presents a superb selection of critical writing about the novel The critics include Orestes A Brownson, A G M, Lydia Maria Child, Frederic Dan Huntington, Edgar A Poe, Charles Lane, George Eliot, Margaret Vanderhaar Allen, David M Robinson, Bell Gale Chevigny, Julie Ellison, Christina Zwarg, and Jeffery Steele A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.

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    1. I had to read some of Margaret Fuller's work after finishing The Lives of Margaret Fuller recently. Since I'm an ardent feminist, I decided to start with Women in the Nineteenth Century.I'll admit, it's difficult to read. Fuller was highly educated and brings in many references to classical works and current events that meant I often had to stop reading to check a reference on . Even with the added knowledge, her writing style is high 19th century style, with outdated words and phrases that make [...]

    2. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was one of the earliest American feminist writers. She was also the coeditor of the Transcendentalist journal, The Dial. This book, first published in 1845, is an expanded edition of an essay written in 1843. It's short, but pretty dense and wide-ranging, covering a lot of historical and philosophical ground. It's hard to tell sometimes which parts of the essays are central to her argument and which are tangents, but I have selected some of my favorite parts below. "M [...]

    3. Un livre qui analyse la place des femmes dans la société jusqu'au 19ème siècle, sous un angle assez plaisant, celui de la liberté individuelle à disposer de sa vie. Une manière habile de désamorcer tout réflexe sexiste chez le lecteur masculin comme c'est souvent le cas quand le débat se présente sous la forme d'une guerre des sexes. Il est aussi question du rôle des femmes dans la mythologie, des femmes de pouvoir à travers les siècles, du mariage et du couple sous toutes ses form [...]

    4. Reading this takes effort but is worthwhile. There are references to Latin and Greek classical works as well as writers of the time period that I have not read or read so long ago I didn't catch the allusion. Spent a great deal of time flipping to footnotes. Anyone interested in development of feminism should read this book. If only to see how far things have come. A good part of the book is spent justifying education for women, not just higher education, education period. The writer points out [...]

    5. I find it amusing that this was written in the nineteenth century. It is now the twenty-first century and we still have not achieved everything Margaret Fuller wrote about in this essay. This essay is about Feminism. Feminism is the radical notion that women are people, just like everyone else, and should be treated as such.

    6. First written as an essay in 1843 (it would be revised and published as a book two years later) it would be easy to assume that little contained in its pages would have any relevance on the world in which we live today. While I would love to confirm those assumptions, sadly, I cannot. Despite all the ground gained for women's rights there is still much to be done and this book perfectly highlights that. While the book contains predominately religious overtones that might put some people off (suc [...]

    7. In "Woman in the Nineteenth Century", Margaret Fuller expresses beliefs typical to the American Transcendentalist movement; however she expands those beliefs to apply specifically to women’s rights. Fuller argues that women deserve a more comprehensive education than is often available in her time period. She holds that the environment in which a woman is raised contributes to her potential for intelligence as an adult. Like Emerson and Thoreau, Fuller uses nature imagery as a metaphor for hum [...]

    8. Margaret Fuller wrote Woman in the Nineteenth Century in the 1840's, one of the first tracts to eloquently address the necessity of greater equality for women. It is interesting to read this having already read The Feminine Mystique and to see many of the same points being made, particularly the ones about how it is unfair for men to be stuck with uneducated, unfulfilled women as mothers and wives.In the same breath that she advocates for women, Fuller advocates for the abolition of slavery. Lik [...]

    9. I have urged upon the sex self-subsistence in its two forms of self-reliance and self-impulse, because I believe them to be the needed means of the present juncture.I have urged on woman independence of man, not that I do not think the sexes mutually needed by one another, but because in woman this fact has led to an excessive devotion, which has cooled love, degraded marriage, and prevented either sex from being what it should be to itself or the other.I wish woman to live, first for God's sake [...]

    10. Took some slogging near the end, but a great read overall. I had to keep reminding myself that this voice that seems to be at the center of the discourse, informed of all opinions, would likely have been severely marginalized at the time. She doesn't write at all like a marginalized person, but instead one claiming her space in the intellectual world. I do have to say that the racist references to Native Americans were sorrowing and seemed terribly out of place.

    11. Fuller’s expanded version of her essay “The Great Lawsuit…” In this work Fuller argues for the equality of men and women, finding variations of masculinity and femininity in both sexes. Yet Fuller acknowledges gender differences. Fuller’s treatise is concerned with the issues of prostitution, slavery, but more essentially with marriage and employment reform for women.

    12. Not the easiest book to read, but this was a really great book and had so many great historical references to the strength of woman of this past during a very difficult time for women in the 19th century.

    13. Man, this was difficult to get to. I am extremely familiar with Victorian literature and style, yet I found this agonising to read. Still, I found it relevant even today, and found myself nodding along to many passages.

    14. Amazing. Extremely intelligent woman writing great feminist prose much ahead of her time. I have a few issues on the extreme focus on hetero marriage and Christianity, but given the time and the audience it's obvious why. Love her!

    15. Most intellectual argument of the social position of women in the 19th Century. A "blue stocking" of her day. The best 19th Century feminist author who was a beacon for women's rights through multiple allusions to women in history who were leaders and intellectual. Fascinating book!

    16. Quintessence of feminism, and its direct descent from idealism of transcendentalism, which embraced abolitionism and the unfulfilled agenda of the American Revolution.

    17. The style is definitely a challenge sometimes, but this essay is truly an important milestone in the shaping of feminist thinking.

    18. This book is dense, but absolutely brilliant. In some ways, it reminds me of "The Waste Land" with its vast amount of references. Good read, but not for the faint of heart.

    19. Better than Emerson in talking about transcendentalism. More realistic view on society, as though she actually understood other people.

    20. Her essay was better than Emerson's, but it is only a slight improvement since hers lacks structure and organization as well. I read it for class.

    21. um, guess what i wasn't reading when i was reading all those sociology books? the transcendentalists! margaret fuller is a real character.

    22. This is one of the earliest and most cogent expositions of feminism I have ever read, and I especially treasure it for its Americanism and its clarity.

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