Father′s Language, Mother′s Name

  • Donna Dickenson

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Burning Mercury Shipping Amid Migraine 

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© Donna Dickenson 1993

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