Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

English

Date of Award

5-2002

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Ronald K. Giles

Committee Members

Judith B. Slagle, Theresa A. Lloyd

Abstract

Despite the recent scholarship that has been performed on Margaret Fuller, very little has focused on the varied body of poetry she composed during her brief life. By dividing her poetic works into three categories – those written to an early “lover,” those focusing on the theme of androgyny, and those written during her “mature period” of 1844 – one is better able to follow Fuller on the emotional and intellectual journey that served as the foundation for all of her writings. In addition, the study of Fuller’s poetry provides a clearer understanding of how this erudite woman transcended gender boundaries in her writings, as well as in the choices she made in her daily life, further emphasizing her reputation as a revolutionary woman of nineteenth century.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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