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"Herland" is a utopian novel from 1915, written by feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The book describes an isolated society composed entirely of women, who reproduce via parthenogenesis. The result is an ideal social order: free of war, conflict, and domination. It first appeared as a serial in The Forerunner, a magazine edited and written by Gilman between 1909 and 1916. The book is the middle volume in her utopian trilogy; it was preceded by Moving the Mountain, and followed with a sequel, With Her in Ourland. It was not published in book form until 1979.

  • also known as "Herland (A Women's Press Classic)", "Herland (Large Print Edition)", "Herland (Twelve-Point Series)", "Herland and Selected Stories"
  • language: English Language
  • genres: Utopian and dystopian fiction, Sociology, Fiction, Speculative fiction, Feminist science fiction
  • subjects: Literary, Woman, Women's studies, Adventure, Literature, Classics, Feminism
  • copyright: 1915
  • released in (36 years ago)

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Google previewSocial Ethics: Sociology and the Future of Society (2004)

Sociology and the Future of Society by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Herland is a fictional fantasy in which three male explorers discover a secluded and idyllic world inhabited and governed only by women, and this latter feature has understandably delighted successive waves of scholars and students in ...

Google previewA Very Different Story (1998)

Studies on the Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman by Val Gough, Jill Rudd

As has often been pointed out, Herland is a utopia in which woman's sphere remains the home; the only difference is that here the home has expanded to embrace the entire community. When Terry sneers that ' ft] here isn't a home in the ...

Google previewNarrating Utopia (1999)

Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature by Christopher S. Ferns

Herland is a country which has been entirely domesticated: there are no wild areas — even the forests have been groomed and 'petted'; (p. 13) to be useful as well as beautiful; the entire country has been purged of pests and mess-creating ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2005)

Themes, Works, and Wonders by Gary Westfahl

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915) 1079 Herland is a community that works for its own preservation in the future. Instead of valuing the past and history , the Herlanders honor motherhood and children above all else. But motherhood ...

Google previewThe Sexual Politics of Meat (2015)

A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams

Herland is a feminist gloss on the ecological position enunciated in Plato's Republic.49 Gilman's subtext about land use resulting in war is in opposition to the overt text, which suggests that motivations arising from Mother Love determine ...

Google previewA Companion to the American Novel (2012)

by Alfred Bendixen

Herland is a clean-living community with no drinking or smoking, which accords with the temperance movements that were also suspicious of immigrants. Even motherhood has been submitted to the logic of Progressive era reform. Only those ...

Google previewFeminism and Community (1995)

by Penny A. Weiss

Herland is an imaginary society composed entirely of women. They reproduce by parthenogenesis, and there are only mothers and daughters in the society. Everything is arranged to benefit the next generation and the society has existed ...

Google previewWayward Reproductions (2004)

Genealogies of Race and Nation in Transatlantic Modern Thought by Alys Eve Weinbaum

In part, this dominant approach to Herland is a by-product of second-wave publishing efforts and successes.

Google previewEvolution and Eugenics in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1940 (2003)

Essays on Ideological Conflict and Complicity by Claire M. Roche

first noted, Herland is a world in which racism and imperialism are underlying assumptions. The novel asserts the superiority ( denoted ...

Google previewVisions of the Land (2002)

Science, Literature, and the American Environment from the Era of Exploration to the Age of Ec by Michael A. Bryson

Herland is a spoof as well as serious social criticism,

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Novel (2015)

by Abby H. P. Werlock, James P. Werlock

Work Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novel Herland presents a "feminist utopia," in which Gilman counters a masculine tradition of writing that hadlong been defined through patriarchy anda functioning ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (2006)

Herland narrates in a patchwork idiom evocative of hard-boiled detectives and, to a lesser extent, urban African American slang. For the most part, Butterfly communicates in patwa, apparently a patois variation of the more formal and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Feminist Literature (2015)

by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

The couple's returnto Herland is inevitable. Ellador rejoices inher first glimpse fromtheairplane that carriesthem back: "Nosmoke! . . . no brutalnoise, no wickedness, no disease" (Gilman, 1997, 192). Gilman rounds out the sequel with the best ...

Google previewThe Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers in America (2016)

From 1600 to the Present by John R. Shook

Herland,” in The ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Heraldica Or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry (1828)

by William Berry

Herland, or, on a bend, wavy, betw. two sea- lions, rampant, ...

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