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

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

Overview

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.

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 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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