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Desire, the self, the social critic : the rise of queer performance within the demise of transcendentalism

Author: J F Buckley
Publisher: Selinsgrove, PA : Susquehanna University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997.
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In Desire, the Self, the Social Critic, Professor Buckley shows that while few transcendentalists ever agree for long on philosophical or epistemological matters, four of them develop the use of "antisocial" desire into a transcendental critique of nineteenth-century American culture. Margaret Fuller, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson represent the individual's inherent divinity and the individual's  Read more...
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Buckley, J.F., 1946-
Desire, the self, the social critic.
Selinsgrove, PA : Susquehanna University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1997
(OCoLC)644251417
Named Person: Margaret Fuller; Emily Dickinson; Herman Melville; Walt Whitman; Emily Dickinson; Margaret Fuller; Herman Melville; Walt Whitman; Margaret Fuller; Emily Dickinson; Herman Melville; Walt Whitman; Herman Melville; Walt Whitman; Margaret Fuller; Emily Dickinson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J F Buckley
ISBN: 1575910012 9781575910017
OCLC Number: 35229127
Description: 151 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Expressing Desire and the Birth of the Self --
1. Margaret Fuller's Transcendental Heterosexuality --
2. The "Barbaric Yawp" of Encompassing Desire --
3. Ishmael and the Potency and Passivity of Unsanctioned Desire --
4. Emily Dickinson's Solipsistic Desire of Self --
Conclusion: Antisocial Desire and the Critical Self.
Responsibility: J.F. Buckley.

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In Desire, the Self, the Social Critic, Professor Buckley shows that while few transcendentalists ever agree for long on philosophical or epistemological matters, four of them develop the use of "antisocial" desire into a transcendental critique of nineteenth-century American culture. Margaret Fuller, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson represent the individual's inherent divinity and the individual's inherent ability to transcend the exigencies of the sensate world in terms that might appear to be homosexual, bisexual, or "pansexual." They alone among their contemporaries give expression to desire for the social other, give expression to desire for the self not to be seen in the heterosexist, homophobic, misogynist social realm of everyday life.

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