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Helen Macfarlane : A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid 19th Century England :  A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid 19th Century England - David Black

Helen Macfarlane : A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid 19th Century England

A Feminist, Revolutionary Journalist, and Philosopher in Mid 19th Century England

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Helen Macfarlane, revolutionary social critic, feminist and Hegelian philosopher was the first English translator of Karl Marx and Fredrich Engel's theCommunist Manifesto. Her original translation is included in this edition. Marx publicly admired her as a rare and original thinker and journalist. This book recreates her intellectual and political world at a key turning point in European history.

Helen Macfarlane was a truly remarkable figure: the first translator of The Communist Manifesto, an early socialist who discussed Hegel, Christianity, and revolution, and a merciless critic of all forms of domination, whether by class, race, or gender. She flickered briefly across British radicalism before disappearing from the historical record. Dave Black has done a marvelous job of excavation, contextualization, and careful analysis, giving us the first-ever book on Macfarlane's life and work. An additional merit of this volume is the reprinting of Macfarlane's sometimes very beautiful translation of the Manifesto. -- Kevin B. Anderson, co-editor of Marx on Suicide
David Black has rendered British social history - and the history of Chartism in particular - as well as the history of socialist ideas in Britain a distinct service by devoting a book-length study to this remarkable woman. * Victorian Studies *
In Helen Macfarlane: A Feminist Revolutionary Journalist and Philosopher in Mid-Eighteenth Century England, David Black has done astute historical detective work to rescue from erasure a key figure in socialist history. Under the alias of "Howard Morton," Helen Macfarlane wrote the first English translation of The Communist Manifesto for the magazine The Red Republican. An active member of mid-nineteenth century British socialist circles, she contributed to the direction of radical dissent and the legacy of Chartism. Rich in detail, Black's book maps out some of the major debates in which Macfarlane was involved and offers a fascinating archive for anyone interested in the prehistory of British Hegelian thought. -- Rosemary Hennessey, author of Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Interrogating Historyp. 6
The Making of Red Republicanismp. 11
Hegel's Englandp. 21
Fraternal Democratsp. 31
The Mystery of a Nom de Plumep. 41
Humbug Manufacturers and Rosewater Sentimentalistsp. 46
Christianity and Socialismp. 52
Helen Macfarlane's Interpretation of Hegelp. 59
Antigone in 1848p. 74
Thomas Carlyle and the Red Republicansp. 79
The Translation of The Communist Manifestop. 88
Theory and Organizationp. 99
"A Rare Bird": Marx's Encounter with Macfarlanep. 113
The End of Chartismp. 121
The Legacy of Hegelian Marxismp. 130
The Published Writings of Helen Macfarlanep. 135
The Communist Manifesto: Helen Macfarlane's 1850 Translationp. 137
Indexp. 173
About the Authorp. 179
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ISBN: 9780739108635
ISBN-10: 0739108638
Series: The Raya Dunayevskaya Series in Marxism and Humanism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: November 2004
Publisher: Lexington Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.41