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Title: Concord Companions: Margaret Fuller, Friendship, and Desire
Author(s): Martin, Robert K
Edwards, Justin D.
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Keywords: female friendship
Margaret Fuller
Henry Thoreau
Ralph Waldo Emerson
homosexuality in the nineteenth century
Issue Date: Apr-2015
Date Deposited: 8-Aug-2016
Citation: Martin RK & Edwards JD (2015) Concord Companions: Margaret Fuller, Friendship, and Desire. Canadian Review of American Studies, 45 (1), pp. 83-100.
Abstract: In this paper, we examine the rhetoric of friendship and desire in mid-nineteenth-century American writing. We begin by looking at Emerson's essay on friendship and Thoreau's poem "Sympathy" (1840) to provide a context for reading Margaret Fuller's fascinating texts on samesex bonds between women. Of particular interest to us is Fuller's translation of Elizabeth von Arnim's Die Gunderode (1840), a collection of letters between Arnim and the German Romantic poet Karoline von Gunderode which provides compelling insights into the early to mid-nineteenth-century continuum between female friendship and same-sex desire. We situate this translation alongside Fuller's own female friendships and expressions of love for women, more specifically her declarations of love to Anna Barker and, later, to George Sand. This latter relationship, we suggest, was a source of admiration and anxiety, for Sand's cross-dressing and fluid sense of gender identity was simultaneously celebrated and condemned in Fuller's Women in the Nineteenth Century (1843).
DOI Link: 10.3138/cras.2015.S05
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Canadian Review of American Studies Spring 2015, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 83-100 by University of Toronto Press. The original publication is available at:

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