Charles Fourier Further Reading - Essay

Jonathan Beecher

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Pellarin, C. The Life of Charles Fourier. Translated by Francis George Shaw. W. H. Graham, 1848, 236 p.

Comprehensive biography of Fourier from which numerous biographical sketches were drawn by Fourier's disciples in the mid-nineteenth century.


Airman, Elizabeth C. "The Philosophical Bases of Feminism: The Feminist Doctrines of the Saint-Simonians and Charles Fourier." The Philosophical Forum VII, No. 3-4 (Spring-Summer, 1976): 277-93.

Provides a brief examination of Fourier's and Saint-Simon's feminist philosophy, arguing that both schools of thought were reactions to the failure of liberalism to correct the injustices of industrial capitalism.

Bates, Ernst Sutherland. "The Fourierist Folly." In American Faith: Its Religious, Political, and Economic Foundations, pp. 374-89. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1940.

Examines several American experiments in community living, including Brook Farm, Hopedale, and Fruitlands, and discusses the influence of Fourier's writings on the development of these communities.

Beecher, Jonathan, and Bienvenu, Richard. An introduction to The Utopian Vision of Charles Fourier, by Charles Fourier, edited and translated by Jonathan Beecher and Richard Bienvenu. Boston: Beacon Press, 1971, 427 p.

Offers an overview of Fourier's life and thought.

Bowie, John. "Anarchists and Utopians: Godwin, Gourier, Owen." In Politics and Opinion in the Nineteenth Century: An Historical Introduction, pp. 134-51. New York: Oxford University Press, 1964.

Compares the Utopian philosophies of William Godwin, Fourier, and Robert Owen.

Bowles, Robert C. "The Reaction of Charles Fourier to the French Revolution." French Historical Studies I, No. 3 (Spring, 1960): 348-56.

Presents Fourier's evaluation of the French Revolution and its political aftermath as a bitter and disappointed assessment.

Breton, André. Ode to Charles Fourier. Translated by Kenneth White. London: Cape Goliard Press, 1969, n.p.

Offers a view of Fourierism as grounds for the development of new ideas regarding social structure.

Riasanovsky, Nicholas V. The Teaching of Charles Fourier. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1969, 256 p.

Offers a biographical account of Fourier's life in addition to an analysis of his philosophy.

Spencer, M. C. Charles Fourier. Edited by Maxwell A. Smith. Boston: Twayne, 1981, 184 p.

Analysis of the social aspects of Fourier's ideology and an evaluation of his literary significance.