Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Her Progress Towards Utopia with Selected Writings / Edition 1

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A fresh reading of Gilman's fiction and a biographical exploration of her life yield a vision of how the feminist author developed her capacity to imagine a full-blown utopia for women. Much of Gilman's writing represents her effort to portray in fiction solutions that she had recommended in her 1898 treatise "Women and Economics." Includes 14 reprinted selections from Gilman's utopian writings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815603047
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Series: Utopianism and Communitarianism Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Utopian Writing as "Cultural Work" 1
Why Read Utopias 1
What "Cultural Work" Is 4
How Utopia Is Now Defined 7
What This Study Discusses 9
How This Book Evolved 11
2 Making Herself: A Biographical Exploration 13
Early Years, 1860-1882 14
First Marriage, 1882-1891 20
Years of Seeking, 1891-1897 25
Years of Fruition, 1897-1917 32
Final Years, 1917-1935 38
3 "This Prancing Young Utopia" 42
Beautiful Blocks: The Initiating Foundations, 1904-1910 44
Moving the Mountain: Previews of Herland, 1911-1913 59
From Herland to Ourland, 1915-1921 69
4 Writing to Empower Living 82
Childhood Fantasies, circa 1870 84
Letters to Kate, 1895-1897 90
Correspondence with Ho, 1897-1900 95
Published Persona, 1890-1935 106
5 "Making Better People": Experiencing Gilman's Legacy Selections 115
1 "Aunt Mary's Pie Plant," June 1908 117
2 "A Garden of Babies," June 1909 129
3 Chapter 7: "Heresy and Schism" from What Diantha Did, May 1910 137
4 "Her Housekeeper," January 1910 147
5 Chapter 9 from Moving the Mountain, September and October 1911 159
6 "Her Memories," August 1912 174
7 "A Strange Land," August 1912 182
8 "Maidstone Comfort," September 1912 186
9 "Forsythe & Forsythe," January 1913 195
10 "Mrs. Hines' Money," April 1913 203
11 "Bee Wise," July 1913 211
12 "A Council of War," August 1913 220
13 Chapter 5: "A Unique History" from Herland, May 1915 229
14 Chapter 11 from With Her in Ourland, November 1916 242
Notes 257
Bibliography 287
Index 305
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