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Herland The Yellow Wall Paper and Selected Writings Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a turn of the century American feminist and socialist thinker In her works of fiction Gilman sought to illustrate her ideas about the way American society squandered the

  • Title: Herland, The Yellow Wall-Paper, and Selected Writings
  • Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Denise D. Knight
  • ISBN: 9780141180625
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Herland, The Yellow Wall-Paper, and Selected Writings By Charlotte Perkins Gilman Denise D. Knight, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a turn of the century American feminist and socialist thinker In her works of fiction, Gilman sought to illustrate her ideas about the way American society squandered the talents and economic contributions of women Based on the nervous breakdown she suffered during her own disastrous first marriage, The Yellow Wall Paper is her classic storyCharlotte Perkins Gilman was a turn of the century American feminist and socialist thinker In her works of fiction, Gilman sought to illustrate her ideas about the way American society squandered the talents and economic contributions of women Based on the nervous breakdown she suffered during her own disastrous first marriage, The Yellow Wall Paper is her classic story about a woman who goes mad when the rest cure treatment she undergoes forbids her any kind of work.Herland, Gilman s most famous novel, is a feminist utopian comedy in which three men stumble upon a society of women that has banished men Also included in this Penguin Twentieth Century Classics edition is a selection of Gilman s poetry and other short fiction Gilman scholar Denise D Knight has written an enlightening Introduction that explores Gilman s use of the utopian form, satire, and fantasy to provide a critique of women s place in society and to propose creative solutions.

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    1. More Than The Yellow WallpaperCharlotte Perkins Gilman is best known for the story The Yellow Wallpaper 1892 , about a married female writer who goes mad after being confined to her room as a cure for post partum depression, and deprived of all creative outlets To a certain extent, it is autobiographical, although Charlotte succeeded in escaping her first marriage, moved to California, flourished as a writer, and married her cousin Houghton Gilman in 1900 She continued writing and lecturing for [...]

    2. The author was a feminist social reformer who is considered quite progressive for her time, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries The lead story, Herland, is a short novel about a utopian society made up entirely of women It s told from the perspective of a male explorer who visits with two other men, all of whom have their views on femininity challenged by their visit, particularly the idea that women are naturally competitive with each other The women are able to give birth without [...]

    3. Do not buy, read, or even think too long about this book The only story in it worth seeking out is The Yellow Wall Paper, which itself deserves attention for its historical context than its literary merits, and which you can find for free online anyway Whatever positive things there may be to say about The Yellow Wall Paper and perhaps, if I m generous, the mediocre ghost story The Giant Wistaria , they don t extend to this book as a whole It fronts with Herland, a patience trying novella, buri [...]

    4. An unsettling story, to say the least I decided to read this story because of how often I ve heard of it I was particularly intrigued because I was told that the narrator is highly unreliable and mad Crazy people always pique my interest Of course, my constant misgiving regarding the classics made me assume that it would be a boring read but I resolved to plow through it no matter what I wanted to know what happens.I read The Yellow Wall Paper in the Penguin Classics copy of Gillman s selected w [...]

    5. My favorite two from this edition were the novella Herland and the short story The Yellow Wall Paper Other short stories were interesting but none caught my attention as much as this one I wasn t impressed with Gilman s poetry.I was fascinated with Herland I agree with several of the other reviewers who found this to be predictable and fantastical however, considering when this was written, I thought it was very forward thinking for the time I couldn t buy into the virgin birth concept but under [...]

    6. I didn t get around to reading Herland but I read the short stories and poetry Gilman s poetry is phenomenal The short stories were also good, although some were better than others which was to be expected Several stories really impressed me though Overall, Gilman is a fantastic writer She s definitely well ahead of her time, and I was pleasantly surprised to see such strong advocacy for women to separate themselves from house and home in 19th century literature Very interesting, truthful, and s [...]

    7. I was consumed by the concept of the Yellow Wallpaper in college The way the woman progresses through the story, leading the reader to ask is she really going mad It was delightful and frightening a the same time Last year, I mentioned my obsession with reading this story occasionally to my boss and she recommended Herland Herland is delightful and appeals to the cultural anthropologist in me The juxtaposition of two conflicting cultures as the characters try to reason which is superior is fasci [...]

    8. This is a life altering book for me, I need a copy because I gave it away and would like it for my library The Yellow Wall Paper was a college requirement and through further research into the life of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, I wanted to read Herland There is something interesting about a matriarchal society How would women survive without the structure and constant involvement of men Herland takes it further

    9. Well written short stories and poems Not male bashing, just glimpses of strong women during a time when that was frowned upon Herland itself drags a little toward the end I m glad the author mostly stuck with short stories Many of the stories twist at the end, which is enjoyable Worth a read.

    10. Holy shit WHY do we only read the Yellow Wallpaper ALL of these stories are amazing as fuck My professional literary analysis.

    11. the rocking chair is another excellent fear ridden short story i identify with gilman s protagonists far too deeply.

    12. Patriotism, red hot, is compatible with the existence of a neglect of national interests, a dishonesty, a cold indifference to the suffering of milions Patriotism is largely pride, and very largely combativeness Patriotism generally has a chip on its shoulder.Charlotte Perkins Gilman lead a productive but troubled life until her passing at 75 and is regarded among the most influential women of her late Victorian and Edwardian time She s known primarily as an active feminist, promoting her views [...]

    13. SPOILER WARNING This review contains spoilers You may not wish to read past this pointTurned out to be a really fun read Gilman was way ahead of her time, and in Herland she created a utopian country composed only of women and children, no men The society had developed a tightly knit culture in which the good of the group came in way ahead of the good of the individual, competition and other masculine values had been virtually eliminated, and everyone cooperated in raising children Motherhood is [...]

    14. Herland I most definitely want to read again, Gilman covers so many interesting topics in it that I d love to go back and read it again and perhaps write a personal essay on it After Herland it took me a while to enjoy the rest of the book, I m usually not a huge fan of short stories, but once I got partway into them I started to really enjoy them, especially because a lot of them also convey Gilman s ideals I also enjoyed the little bit of poetry at the end, which is a mix of genres but she als [...]

    15. As this was a collection of Charlotte Perkins Gilman s works, it s hard to just give it an overall rating or review Herland would definitely get five stars on its own, and most of the short stories hover around four or five stars I m not a big poetry fan, so I d rate those lower although I actually enjoyed them than most poetry I ve read.I found I enjoyed her works MUCH than a lot of 20th century feminist writing particularly that of the 60s 70s I don t know if she s representative of all Vict [...]

    16. gilman tells a tale of 3 men, who each represent 3 views toward women, as they enter an isolated Utopian society of only women who reproduce asexually You have terry the dominant male type who feels women must be masteredndyke, or van, represents the compromise between extreme views on women he s in the middleff believes women are angels to be worshiped and held up on a pedestal first, i very much enjoyed the story gilman portrayed, but as i kept reading, she started to lose me perhaps this is d [...]

    17. Charlotte Perkins Gilman is one of the first feminist writers She was born in mid 1800, committed suicide, while suffering from cancer, in 1935 Herland is a country of women only The men had been killed during a war and earthquake For centuries the women had built up their country beautifying and improving it Three male explorers accidentally find this country At first the men are thought to have great insight for humanity and invention, but after learning from them, the women discover that, fro [...]

    18. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a woman before her time Reading this book highlighted how much has changed in our society over the last hundred years, and how much still needs to be changed I thought most of the short stories and poems were edifying and entertaining, but I found Herland boring in some parts In the year of this historic presidential election, oh how I wish it were true that women s leadership could heal all of society s ills, but we know that is fiction The part of Herland that I fo [...]

    19. I wrote a really long review of this book, but somehow it got deleted Anyways, basically it said that Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper are the only two writings Gilman is known for, and her writing in The Yellow Wallpaper is far superior to that of Herland as judged by the millions of English teachers who now assign Yellow Wallpaper In Herland, which is a story of three men who find an isolated commune of self reproducing women, the writing is somewhat mediocre and the characters are flat and st [...]

    20. As much as I love Charlotte Perkins Gilman, I was not as impressed by Herland as I expected to be I found it didactic in places rather than letting the story just flow and get the message across For my taste, her short stories get her message of women s equality across in a much powerful way because the stories are less didactic and preachy I think it s an important book, don t get me wrong, but I think other writers have created these women s countries and utopias in a much believable way lik [...]

    21. Herland was an impossible but interesting imagining of an all female society I say impossible not because of the society itself, but because of the spontaneous virgin birth Although the ending was awkward, the exploration of how a female driven society would development was quite enjoyable and interesting Perhaps it would have been interesting during the time the book was written, when there was a very palpable culture of viewing women as obviously inferior, weak, incompetent, emotional, etc et [...]

    22. Do your women have no names before they are married Celis suddenly demanded Why, yes, Jeff explained They have their maiden names their father s names, that is And what becomes of them asked Alima They change them for their husbands , my dear, Terry answered her Change them Do the husbands then take the wives maiden names Oh, no, he laughed The man keeps his own and gives it to her, too Then she just loses hers and takes a new one how unpleasant We won t do that Alima said decidedly.

    23. While I really enjoyed studying The Yellow Wall Paper in high school, I was greatly disappointed with Gilman s short novel Herland Published in 1915, the novel tells the story of three male characters as they encounter an isolated country of only women The premise was promising, but the absurd perfection imagined by Gilman of an all female society was boring and one dimensional, rather than fascinating.Nonetheless, I recognize the significance of this text for feminist readers and recommend anyo [...]

    24. WOW This book REALLY took my imagination to another level When I read this book, I was taking a course on reproductive techologies and frankly I was in awe of all the options the future seemed to hold and scared too This book took the traditional concepts of man and woman and threw it out the window Who would have thought that a society of women could function so well and only dismantle with the appearance of man sarcastically speaking

    25. I liked the concept of a land full of women, although it was rather simplistic and utopian If only women could all live like that, but I d think the sexual urge might prove to strong for some of us Although to be fair, it had taken the women 2000 years to get there, whereas in the real world, it seems to me we re regressing, so maybe it could work.The Yellow Wallpaper so sad, and such failure of understanding from the people around her, and even of genuine concern

    26. What can I say about Herland I wish that I had skipped the first 60 pages I like learning about the land than the men s experiences in it Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a reflection of her era and can brush over race while referencing it Why weren t there any lesbians Seriously a land of only women and not one lesbian This review is about my frustrations than the actual content of the novel I ll have to revisit when I can remember what I liked about it.

    27. Superb I can t believe I haven t come across her work before This is undoubtedly one of my favourite ever books Not just the title book The Yellow Wallpaper but her short stories and poetry Especially the poetry where her words echo my sentiments things have not moved on so far in 100 years of gender equality My only slight gripe was that Herland was a little dragged out I will definitely read this again and am so grateful to Victoria Allen for introducing it to me this Christmas.

    28. Yellow Wall Paper was pretty bangin but the rest of the stories are bland as all hell Herland was a cool idea for its first few chapters but then continued to show little nuance for the rest of the thing here s a coolass society of women, surely you can think of cooler things to say for 200 pages than it s perfect in every way

    29. A Utopian vision of the perfect world that women would create were it not for the aggression and competetiveness of men Okay, it s very biased, but it is a beautiful vision and an interesting read, particularly if you consider the time period in which it was written.

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