Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Cover: Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

First published 1915. 124p.

"Turn-of-the-century social critic Charlotte Perkins Gilman (author of 'The Yellow Wallpaper') employs humour to engaging effect in a story about three male explorers who stumble upon an all-female society isolated somewhere in South America. Noting the advanced state of the civilization they've encountered, the visitors set out to find some males, assuming that since the country is so civilized, 'there must be men'.
A fantasy vision of a feminist utopia, the story enables Gilman to articulate her then-unconventional views of male-female roles and capabilities, motherhood, individuality, privacy, the sense of community, sexuality, and many other topics."

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