Margaret Fuller and Her Circles
April 8-10, 2010
Massachusetts Historical Society
This three-day conference will take place at the MHS, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. The registration fee is $75 ($50 for students). To register online or for more information, please visit www.masshist.org/events/conferences.cfm
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) has become central to a striking new account of antebellum literature, history, and culture. Her significance as a writer and public intellectual in the 1830s and 1840s in New England, New York, and Europe has become visible even as a new understanding of this formative period in American culture has emerged among scholars; indeed, her work has helped to drive the emergence of this new understanding.
Antebellum culture resulted from an extraordinary convergence of literary, social, and political re-imaginings with both national and transnational implications. As a Transcendentalist, translator, feminist theorist, book reviewer, teacher, literary journal editor, surveyor of reform institutions, traveler, journalist, political activist in the 1848 European revolutions, and foreign correspondent, Fuller was one of the central figures of this formative period in U.S. history and one of those who most fully articulated its meanings.
The Massachusetts Historical Society and the Margaret Fuller Society are pleased to recognize the 200th anniversary of Fuller’s birth with a conference on her life and work.
The Conference will commence on Thursday evening with a keynote address by Mary Kelley of the University of Michigan, “‘The Measure of My Footprint’: Margaret Fuller’s Unfinished Revolution,” which will be followed by a reception.
On Friday and Saturday, four sessions will be devoted to the discussion of pre-circulated papers:
Fuller and Women
Dorri R. Beam, University of California—Berkeley, “Fuller, Women Writers, and Feminist Pantheism”
Phyllis Cole, Penn State—Brandywine, “Fuller’s Lawsuit and Feminist History”
John Matteson, John Jay College, CUNY, “‘Woes . . . of Which We know Nothing’: Fuller and the Problem of Feminine Virtue”
Chair: Bell Gale Chevigny, Purchase College, SUNY
Comment: Joel Myerson, University of South Carolina
Fuller and Antebellum Movements
David Robinson, Oregon State University, “Margaret Fuller, Self-Culture, and Associationism”
Adam-Max Tuchinsky, University of Southern Maine, “American Socialism and Margaret Fuller’s 1848”
Chair: Helen Deese, Tennessee Technological University
Comment: Charles Capper, Boston University
Fuller and Urban Culture
Megan Marshall, Emerson College, “Margaret Fuller on ‘Music’s Everlasting Yes’: A Romantic Critic in the Romantic Era”
Jeffrey Steele, University of Wisconsin, Title to be announced
Robert Hudspeth, Claremont Graduate University, “Margaret Fuller and the Experience of Urban Life”
Chair: Susan Belasco, University of Nebraska
Comment: Brigitte Bailey, University of New Hampshire
The Transatlantic Fuller
Charlene Avallone, Title to be announced
John Davis, University of Connecticut, “Margaret Fuller and the Risorgimento”
Chair: Joan von Mehren, author of Minerva and the Muse: A Life of Margaret Fuller
Comment: Larry Reynolds, Texas A & M University
Aside from the keynote speaker, presenters will not deliver their papers aloud but will take part in the discussion of their work. The papers under discussion at this conference will be available at the Society’s website to registered attendees approximately one month before the program.
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