9: Herland, 1915.

Given the rise of feminist agitation around suffrage and other concerns in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it should come as little surprise to find that a feminist utopia was imagined into existence in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland. Unlike the works so far studied, Gilman’s novel and its sequel largely disappeared following their publication in 1915 (sequel Ourland in 1916). Gilman’s utopian vision offers a means of engaging with feminist concerns of the period, but also the way they intersected with broader issues around race and class.

Required Reading:
Herland, 1915.

Andrew G. Christensen, ‘Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland and the Tradition of the Scientific Utopia’, Utopian Studies 28.2 (2017).

Further Reading:

Stephanie Peebles Tavera, ‘Her Body, Herland: Reproductive Health and Dis/topian Satire in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’, Utopian Studies 29.1 (2018).

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