Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

by Denise D. Knight, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
     
 

Declaring that her mission was "to find out what ailed society, and how most easily and naturally to improve it," Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was among the vanguard of American first-wave feminists. With Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction, Denise D. Knight, a distinguished Gilman scholar, contributes a much-needed overview and assessment… See more details below

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Declaring that her mission was "to find out what ailed society, and how most easily and naturally to improve it," Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was among the vanguard of American first-wave feminists. With Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction, Denise D. Knight, a distinguished Gilman scholar, contributes a much-needed overview and assessment of the writer's short stories. Arguing that Gilman's short fiction is both didactic and utopian in articulating her vision of social reform - that Gilman's stories "re-create the world according to her vision of the ideal" - Knight offers important insights of students and scholars alike. Surveying Gilman's body of stories, this study investigates the early, autobiographical Forerunner and other stories to pinpoint the writer's ideology and advocacy of the principles of nationalism and reform Darwinism; a separate section evaluates "The Yellow Wall-Paper," placing it in the context of Gilman's larger corpus. A sampling of Gilman's own statements about her work, drawn from various autobiographical sources both published and unpublished, follows; augmenting it are the observations of Gilman's friend and professional colleague Amy Wellington. Of particular interest is a collection of salient critical essays, three of them specially commissioned for this study.

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A much-needed overview and assessment which investigates the early, autobiographical "Forerunner" and other stories to pinpoint the writer's ideology and advocacy of the principles of nationalism and reform Darwinism. A separate section evaluates "The Yellow Wallpaper", placing it in the context of Gilman's larger corpus. Statements by Gilman about her work, as well as observations of Gilman's friend and colleague Amy Wellington, and critical essays are included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805708660
Publisher:
Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Twayne's Studies in Short Fiction
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.92(d)

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