A Very Different Story: Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Val Gough, Jill Rudd
Liverpool University Press, 1998 - Literary Collections - 188 pages
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In 1890 a poem entitled Similar Cases appeared in the USA in The Nationalist. In it, one of that country's best-known utopian writers, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, propounded the over-arching theme that was to concern her until she died in 1935: that mankind and the world can be changed for the better. The poem earned her much praise in nationalist circles and marked the beginning of a reformist career which was to last for 45 years, during which time Gilman established a national reputation as a speaker on women's issues and socialism, writing extensively in these areas while at the same time continuing to write poetry, short stories and novels.
 

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Contents

Herland and the Utopian Tradition
24
Some Notes Towards an Exploration
38
The Long
54
Breaking the Barriers of Role Conflict
68
Domestic Labour in
81
Trees as a Means of Production
100
Definitive Ecofeminist Fiction? AMANDA GRAHAM
115
Oilmans Utopian Imagination
129
Gilmans Desire
144
Spinster of Dreams Weaver of Realities ANNE CRANNYFRANCIS
161
Bibliography
179
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Val Gough is lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.
Jill Rudd is lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.

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