A Very Different Story

Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Edited by Val Gough and Jill Rudd

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ISBN: 9780853235910

Publication: November 1, 1998

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 14

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Almost all Gilman’s work asserts optimistically the possibility for utopian change, yet ironically she is probably most widely celebrated for her darkly tragic story The Yellow Wallpaper. The focus of this essay collection is Gilman’s utopianism. Her best-known and critically addressed novel is Herland, and several contributors revisit it in order to deepen our understanding of the complexity of Gilman’s utopian vision. The lesser-known Moving the Mountain – deserving of more attention than it has received – is the subject of a full essay, and other essays explore utopian ideas in Gilman’s short stories.

Jill Rudd is lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.

Val Gough is lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.

Abbreviations Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction – Val Gough and Jill Rudd Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Journey from Within – Mary A. Hill Rewriting Male Myths: Herland and the Utopian Tradition – Chris Ferns Pockets of Resistance: Some Notes Towards an Exploration of Gender and Genre Boundaries in Herland – Bridget Bennett Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Women’s Health: ‘The Long Limitation’ – Janet Beer The Sins of the Innocent: Breaking the Barriers of Role Conflict – Anne E. Tanski Utopian Fictions and Political Theories: Domestic Labour in the Work of Edward Bellamy, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Willaim Morris – Ruth Levitas Gender and Industry in Herland: Tress as a Means of Production and Metaphor – Alex Shishin Herland: Definitive Ecofeminist Fiction? – Amanda Graham ‘In the Twinkling of an Eye: Gilman’s Utopian Imagination – Val Gough ‘Once There Was a Pig... Does not Interest’: Gilman’s Desire for Narrative Control – Jill Rudd Spinster of Dreams, Weaver of Realities – Anne Cranny-Francis Bibliography Index

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9780853235910

Publication: November 1, 1998

Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 14

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