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Herland Paperback – Jun 18 1998
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"Herland is utopia with a smlle, a gentle, witty version of what women can be. As fascinating to women for what it omits entirely as for what it discovers and invents for us, it is a fast and invigorating read." ---Marge Plercy --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935) was a prominent American author, writing poetry, short stories, novels, and non-fiction. She was a feminist and a campaigner for social reform and is best remembered today for short story "The Yellow Wallpaper." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Following the conceit first used by Sir Thomas More in writing his "Utopia," Gilman's "Herstory" tells of three American explorers (male, of course), stumbling upon an all-female society in an isolated mountain valley in a land far away on the even of the first World War. Since they find this strange land to be civilized the explorers are convinced there must be some men hiding someplace, and set out to find them. As they search high and low for the male of the species they learn about the history of the country, the religion of motherhood, and the other unique customs, while trying to seduce its inhabitants.Read more ›
Gender, in this novel, is symbolic for the most part. Gilman does separate the two genders to destroy steroetypes, but also to establish a concrete difference between the two worlds. The male world is not bad, and the female good. The world in which people are defined by others and limited to these defined roles is bad, while the world in which people are free to grow without being defined or compared to others, and are able to see the oneness of all people is good.
Comparing Herland to the reader's own world, Gilman begins destroying gender based stereotypes. Because there are no distinctions of gender in Herland, nor any superficial characteristics which accompany gender, Herland women take on the roles of all people without considering any limitations. These women are strong, agile, nurturing, intelligent, cooperative, and able to rely on themselves. They are not "typical" females. As Gilman explains through the male character Van, "Those 'feminie charms' we are so fond of are not feminine at all, but mere reflected masculinity--developed to please us because they had to please us, and in no way essential to the real fulfillment of their great process" (59). In the same way, stereotypes about men can be discredited.Read more ›
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This is a great, imaginative book, one of my favorites. I highly recommend it.Published on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (Dover, 1909)
I always found it odd that Gilman, a prolific writer during her life, had become so obscure less than a century later as to be... Read more
A beautiful and thorough examination of utopia populated entirely by women, through the prism of an intelligent and educated young man. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2003 by Jonathan Orme
I came across this work while researching Utopian and Dystopia Lit in college and it was love at first read. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2002
Like most utopias, Herland hasn't aged well. What sounds like heaven to one generation seems more like hell to another. Read morePublished on May 3 2002 by Sarah E. Mcfadden
Three American explorers stumble upon a small country they dub Herland that's populated totally by women. Read morePublished on April 15 2002
This book was assigned reading for me back in college 12 years ago and I have been thinking about ever since then. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2002 by Theresa Mcdonald
Having read the book in one sitting, I'm excited about the ideas "Herland" brings to the present world, especially about men's view of women, and even women's view of... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2002 by nychen
Lovers of fantasy as well as feminism will love this book. Perkins gives us a look into what the world might look like if women were in charge. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by Julie
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