PHALANX ON A HILL:

                      RESPONSES TO FOURIERISM IN THE TRANSCENDENTALIST CIRCLE

 

                                                                    WILLIAM HALL BROCK

 

This is substantially the same text as my 1996 dissertation (Loyola University Chicago).  Please feel free to cite the Web version; feedback welcome.—WHB, May Day 2001

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

                     ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

1.                  INTRODUCTION

2.                  THE "INSANITY" OF AMERICAN FOURIERISM

3.                  THREADS THAT CONNECT THE STARS:  PSYCHOANALYSIS AND UTOPIAN IDEOLOGY

4.                  UNPARDONABLE SINS: ORESTES BROWNSON'S CRUSADE AGAINST FOURIERISM

5.                  "IS THE THING REALLY DESIRABLE?": EMERSON'S RECEPTION OF FOURIERISM

6.                  THE SWEDENBORGIANIZED FOURIERISM OF HENRY JAMES, SR.: A STUDY IN PATHOLOGY

7.                  MARGARET FULLER, PRAGMATIC FOURIERIST

8.                  THE END OF SPECTROPOETICS: BLITHEDALE AND AFTER

9.                  FOURIERISM AND THE INSANITY OF "AMERICA"

                     WORKS CITED

 

 


                                                   Copyright by William Hall Brock, 1996, 2001

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                              Schreber's 'rays of God' . . . are in reality nothing else than a concrete representation and projection outwards of libidinal cathexes; and they thus lend his delusions a striking conformity with our theory. . . .  [The] details of Schreber's delusional structure sound almost like endopsychic perceptions of the processes whose existence I have assumed in these pages as the basis of our explanation of paranoia. . . .  It remains for the future to decide whether there is more delusion in my theory than I should like to admit, or whether there is more truth in Schreber's delusion than other people are as yet prepared to believe.

                                             —Sigmund Freud, "Psycho-Analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia (Dementia Paranoides)"

 

                              Fourier je te salue du Grand Cañon du Colorado

                                             —André Breton

 

                                                                         ABBREVIATIONS

BosQR                                 Boston Quarterly Review.

BrQR                                   Brownson's Quarterly Review.

CWRWE                             The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson [1971- ].

DemRev                              United States Magazine and Democratic Review.

E&L                                     Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays and Lectures, ed. Joel Porte.

EI                                         Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, The Ego Ideal.

FR?                                      Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel and Béla Grunberger, Freud or Reich?

JMN                                     Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

PV                                        Parke Godwin, A Popular View of the Doctrines of Charles Fourier.

H                                          The Harbinger.

LMF                                     The Letters of Margaret Fuller.

LPh                                      The London Phalanx.

LRWE                                 The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

MECW                                Karl Marx, Frederick Engels: Collected Works.

N                                          Nathaniel Hawthorne, Novels [Library of America].

NMI                                     Charles Fourier, Nouveau Monde Industriel [vol. 6 of OC].

OC                                       Oeuvres complètes de Charles Fourier.

Ph                                         The Phalanx.

SDM                                    Albert Brisbane, Social Destiny of Man [1840].

SF                                         Henri Desroche, La Société festive.

TQM                                    Charles Fourier, Théorie des quatre mouvements [vol. 1 of OC].

TUU                                     Charles Fourier, Théorie de l'unité universelle [vols. 2-5 of OC]

WRWE                                The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson [Centenary Edition].

WOAB                                 Works of Orestes A. Brownson.

 

See bibliography for full citations of the above texts.

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