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English Department Chair Katie Kornacki is a guest on BBC’s podcast “The Forum” hosted by Bridget Kendell to talk about early feminist and war correspondent Margaret Fuller.  

Kornacki, founding editor of the Margaret Fuller Society’s Conversations: The Newsletter of the Margaret Fuller Society, joins Kendell in her discussion with Megan Marshall, professor at Emerson College in Boston whose book Margaret Fuller: A New American Life won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the cultural critic Judith Thurman, staff writer for the New Yorker magazine and an award-winning biographer.

Kornacki talks about her experience growing up in Groton, Massachusetts and how driving past a home where Fuller lived, she first became interested in the 19th-century transcendentalist, feminist, and journalist who wrote about social conditions.   She talks about Fuller’s development of her travelogue Summer on the Lakes, in 1843, which was her first original book-length work and gave her a chance to be visible on a larger stage and show her intellectual abilities at a time when women were denied formal education. She shares Fuller’s experiences in pushing boundaries that women faced in class and education and her experiences interacting with Native American women. 

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