Father′s Language, Mother′s Name

  • Donna Dickenson


Margaret Fuller learned from her father the ′reserved and select expression′ of Latin — generally reserved for boys′ education. Her early immersion in Latin epics left her with a longing to be ′born again′ as a Roman hero, and informed the quest narrative which she lived. But for Fuller to imbibe such an education and name her destiny in a masculine language was not the same as for John Stuart Mill or Thoreau to do so. The language of her mother was not ′transitory′ for her: indeed, against her father′s will, she chose also to be ′born again′ by taking on her mother′s Christian name for the rest of her life.


Young Brother Absent Father Young Lady Woman Writer Latin Epic 
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© Donna Dickenson 1993

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