The Philosophers of Foufouville

The Philosophers of Foufouville A novel satirizing Utopian socialist groups in America Some catalogers have suggested that it was directed at the Brook Farm in West Roxbury Massachusetts which was founded by transcendentalists in

  • Title: The Philosophers of Foufouville
  • Author: Radical Freelance, Esq.
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  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A novel satirizing Utopian socialist groups in America Some catalogers have suggested that it was directed at the Brook Farm in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, which was founded by transcendentalists in the 1840 s on the Fourierist model Another possible target might have been the North American Phalanx which, like the imagined community in the novel, was located in New JerA novel satirizing Utopian socialist groups in America Some catalogers have suggested that it was directed at the Brook Farm in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, which was founded by transcendentalists in the 1840 s on the Fourierist model Another possible target might have been the North American Phalanx which, like the imagined community in the novel, was located in New Jersey As in both real life Utopian experiments, the inhabitants of Foufouville constructed a phalanstery, theirs being named Harmony Hall The Foufouites, under the leadership of Dr Goodenough, held property in common, believed in the equality of sexes, were vegetarian, denounced the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine, and supposedly practiced celibacy, except when it was necessary to reproduce As in many real life social experiments, the Foufouites failed to live up to their professed ideals and the community did not last long Parrington writes The spirit of the novel is made clear by the definition of Foufouism as nonsense, hypocrisy, affectation, snobbery, and self conceit Whoever Radical Freelance may have been, he was a man of many prejudices He knew well that the world could not be reformed, and he had only scorn for those who thought it could The Philosophers of Foufouville is an indictment of long haired reformers, but in the course of the novel it becomes pretty obvious that the author has a pet reform of his own He wants to do away with the study of ancient languages He wants children to study practical things, and not the wisdom of the ancients American Dreams a Study of American Utopias, p 35 Egbert and Persons write that the novel is sometimes referred to as a satire on the North American Phalanx It has little but a New Jersey setting and casual jibes at Greeley and women s rights to connect it with the leading Fourierist experiment The author ascribes to his Foufouite leader views on sex, spiritualism, and Adventism which were similar to those of the religious crackpot, A.B Smolnikar, and is primarily concerned with a nativist attack on foreign influence, ultraism of all sorts, and the teaching of the classics.

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