A Very Different Story: Essays on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies v. 14)
By: Jill Rudd (editor), Val Gough (editor)Paperback
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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.
Val Gough is lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool. Jill Rudd 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
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