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Classic Feminist Fiction: Herland; Constance Dunlap, Woman Detective; and The Awakening

Classic Feminist Fiction: Herland; Constance Dunlap, Woman Detective; and The Awakening

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Novels of romance, science fiction, and crime that explore gender roles and social expectations—and helped shape women’s history.
These three novels provide a fascinating look at some of the literary voices that influenced early views of feminism.
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Three sociology students journey into an uncharted region of South America and are shocked to discover a civilization of only women in this work of science fiction that paved the way for such authors as Margaret Atwood and Octavia E. Butler.
Constance Dunlap, Woman Detective by Arthur B. Reeve: An early work of crime fiction featuring a female protagonist.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin: A groundbreaking novel of early women’s liberation set against the evocative backdrop of turn-of-the-century New Orleans.

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ISBN-13: 9781504065221
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 12/01/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 685
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935) was an American writer, feminist, and social activist. She is best remembered for the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and the science fiction classic Herland.

Arthur B. Reeve (1880–1936) was born on Long Island, New York, and attended Princeton University and New York Law School. As an editor and journalist, he covered many famous criminal cases, including Bruno Hauptmann’s trial for the abduction and murder of the Lindbergh baby. Reeve is best remembered as the creator of Professor Craig Kennedy, a scientific detective who first appeared in the pages of Cosmopolitan magazine. Kennedy was such a popular character in the early twentieth century that he became known as the “American Sherlock Holmes.”

Born and raised in St. Louis, Kate Chopin (1850–1904) moved to Louisiana to marry the son of a cotton grower. A mother of six by the age of twenty-eight and a widow at thirty-two, she turned to writing to support her young family. She is best known today for The Awakening (1899), a portrait of marriage and motherhood so controversial it fell out of print shortly after publication and was not rediscovered until the 1960s.


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