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Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Motherly Utopia

Michael Robertson

in The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691154169
eISBN:
9781400889600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154169.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Charlotte Perkins Gilman's concept of what she called the “World's Mother”—the selfless, nurturing woman-spirit who loves, protects, and teaches the entire human race. Gilman ... More


‘In the Twinkling of an Eye’: Gilman's Utopian Imagination

Val Gough

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

According to many recent theorists of utopian thinking, the strength of a literary utopia lies in how the utopian vision is portrayed and not so much in the particular social structure it portrays. ... More


Spinster of Dreams, Weaver of Realities

Anne Cranny-Francis

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

As one of the foremost Western feminist theorists and writers, Charlotte Perkins Gilman offered readers new ways of thinking about their society by challenging conservative views about femininity and ... More


Introduction

Val Gough and Jill Rudd

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In 1890, Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a poem called 'Similar Cases' in which she argues that humankind and the world can be changed for the better. The poem marked the beginning of a reformist ... More


Rewriting Male Myths: Herland and the Utopian Tradition

Chris Ferns (ed.)

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In 1915, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novel Herland appeared in The Forerunner, almost exactly 400 years since the publication of Thomas More's Utopia in 1516. More wrote his book at a time when ... More


Pockets of Resistance: Some Notes Towards an Exploration of Gender and Genre Boundaries in Herland

Bridget Bennett (ed.)

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Charlotte Perkins Gilman challenged, explored, and circumnavigated boundaries. Her writing continually interrogates the restrictive boundaries of patriarchal institutions and of enclosed spaces. ... More


Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Women's Health: ‘The Long Limitation’

Janet Beer

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The majority of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's writing deals with exegeticising the body politic as a sick body, a body that will always be ailing. In particular, Gilman suggests that women are disabled ... More


Gender and Industry in Herland: Trees as a Means of Production and Metaphor

Alex Shishin

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In her 1915 novel Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman devotes an entire chapter to the religion of her all-woman utopia but offers no clues as to industry and political economy. This creates ... More


Herland: Definitive Ecofeminist Fiction?

Amanda Graham

in A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853235910
eISBN:
9781781380420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853235910.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Coined in 1974 by Françoise d'Eaubonne, the term ‘ecofeminism’ refers to the radical environmentalism that incorporates both ecological and feminist concerns. Emerging from the global feminist ... More


Surveillance Before Big Brother

Peter Marks

in Imagining Surveillance: Eutopian and Dystopian Literature and Film

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474400190
eISBN:
9781474412339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400190.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter traces the history of utopian depictions of surveillance before Nineteen Eighty-Four. It argues that we understand Orwell’s novel better when we see it in terms of a long tradition of ... More


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