The Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Sexualities, Histories, Progressivism

The Feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Sexualities, Histories, Progressivism

by Judith A. Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226014630

ISBN-13: 9780226014630

Pub. Date: 07/31/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Famous for her short fiction—most notably “The Yellow Wallpaper”—Charlotte Perkins Gilman also produced a vast body of nonfiction in tandem with her work as a Progressive-era feminist reformer. Rooted in groundbreaking research on Gilman’s extensive correspondence, publications, and speeches, this keenly argued intellectual biography

Overview

Famous for her short fiction—most notably “The Yellow Wallpaper”—Charlotte Perkins Gilman also produced a vast body of nonfiction in tandem with her work as a Progressive-era feminist reformer. Rooted in groundbreaking research on Gilman’s extensive correspondence, publications, and speeches, this keenly argued intellectual biography reconstructs her controversial output and the heady context in which she produced it.

            Judith Allen provides the first comprehensive assessment of Gilman’s complicated feminism by exploring the renowned writer’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. Restoring a previously overlooked public intellectual to her preeminent place 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226014630
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/31/2009
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations        

Preface

Introduction

Part One: Sexuality and Subjection in History   

            1          Desires, Matings, and Couples

            2          Longing, Leaving, and Loving   

            3          Gynaecocracy and Androcracy

            4          Sex Slavery, Home Cooking, and Combat       

Part Two: “As to Feminism”     

            5          Woman Suffrage, the Antis, and Masculism      

            6          Debating Gilman’s “Feminism” 

            7          “The High Priestess of Feminism”         

            8          Toward a “Human” World       

Part Three: Embracing Progressivism    

            9          Reconfiguring Vice       

            10        A Progressive Era Public Intellectual    

            11        The Later Gilman         

            12        Gilmaniana Today        

                        Conclusion      

                        Notes  

                        Select Bibliography      

                        Index   

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