The Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Sexualities, Histories, Progressivism / Edition 2

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With this keenly argued intellectual biography, Judith Allen provides the first comprehensive assessment of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's richly complex feminism. Rooted in Allen's groundbreaking research on the renowned writer's extensive correspondence, publications, and speeches, this volume brilliantly reevaluates Gilman's theories of sexuality and evolutionary analyses of androcentric-or male-dominated-culture. These ideas, Allen shows, informed Gilman's many contributions to the suffrage movement, the fight to abolish regulated prostitution, and efforts to legalize birth control. Examining a previously overlooked public intellectual in Progressive-era politics and the history of feminism at home and abroad, Allen's landmark study provides the fullest account available of Gilman's consequential life and profoundly influential work.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education
Allen slkilfully weaves a path through . . . complex issues in this richly textured book, pointing out that while Gilman will ineveitably disappoint some we must not forget the contribution she made to theorising about women's subjection, and the way she tried to integrate these views into the reform movements of her day.

— June Purvis

Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

“Judith Allen has written the biography that Charlotte Perkins Gilman has long deserved. The Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman restores its subject to her rightful place in the pantheon of Progressive reformers. Allen is a superb researcher and a shrewd judge of evidence and character. By setting Gilman in her time and place, Allen allows us to go beyond present-day exposure of the weaknesses that Gilman shared with many of her contemporaries to assess the strengths that she brought to her analysis of the sex and gender system. This fine work enables us to appreciate the reach of Gilman’s ambition, the power of her determination, and the full force of her achievement.”

Times Higher Education - June Purvis

"Allen slkilfully weaves a path through . . . complex issues in this richly textured book, pointing out that while Gilman will ineveitably disappoint some we must not forget the contribution she made to theorising about women's subjection, and the way she tried to integrate these views into the reform movements of her day."

Journal of American History

“Judith A. Allen has written what will become the definitive biography of Charlotten Perkins Gilman. . . . Allen’s enormous achievement is her insistence that Gilman’s life be read as a whole: the much-beloved aspects alongside the much maligned. . . . The importance and rigor of this work, and Gilman’s own legacy, will ensure ongoing and vigorous debate.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226014623
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2009
  • Series: Women in Culture and Society Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Allen is professor of history at Indiana University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Sexuality and Subjection in History 13

1 Desires, Matings, and Couples 19

2 Longing, Leaving, Loving 43

3 Gynaecocracy and Androcracy 75

4 Sex Slavery, Home Cooking, and Combat 105

Part 2 "As to Feminism" 131

5 Woman Suffrage, the Antis, and Masculism 135

6 Debating Gilman's "Feminism" 163

7 "The High Priestess of Feminism" 191

8 Toward a "Human" World 212

Part 3 Embracing Progressivism 235

9 Reconfiguring Vice 239

10 A Progressive Era Public Intellectual 269

11 The Later Gilman 290

12 Gilmaniana Today 327

Conclusion 351

Notes 363

Select Bibliography 431

Index 457

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