Herland

Herland A prominent turn of the century social critic and lecturer Charlotte Perkins Gilman is perhaps best known for her short story The Yellow Wallpaper a chilling study of a woman s descent into insanity

  • Title: Herland
  • Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • ISBN: 9780486404295
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • A prominent turn of the century social critic and lecturer, Charlotte Perkins Gilman is perhaps best known for her short story The Yellow Wallpaper, a chilling study of a woman s descent into insanity, and Women and Economics, a classic of feminist theory that analyzes the destructive effects of women s economic reliance on men In Herland, a vision of a feminist utopia,A prominent turn of the century social critic and lecturer, Charlotte Perkins Gilman is perhaps best known for her short story The Yellow Wallpaper, a chilling study of a woman s descent into insanity, and Women and Economics, a classic of feminist theory that analyzes the destructive effects of women s economic reliance on men In Herland, a vision of a feminist utopia, Gilman employs humor 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 delightful fantasy, 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.Decades ahead of her time in evolving a humanistic, feminist perspective, Gilman has been rediscovered and warmly embraced by contemporary feminists An articulate voice for both women and men oppressed by the social order of the day, she adeptly made her points with a wittiness often missing from polemical writings This inexpensive edition of Herland will charm readers with the tale s mischievous, ironic outlook In Herland, one of Gilman s most important works, she used a unique adventure yam to combat the injustices and inequalities she saw during her lifetime.

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    About “Charlotte Perkins Gilman”

    1. Charlotte Perkins Gilman

      Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle Her best remembered work today is her semi autobiographical short story, The Yellow Wallpaper , which she wrote after a severe bout of post partum depression.She was the daughter of Frederic B Perkins.

    952 thoughts on “Herland”

    1. Three stars: Five stars as a period piece, one as a work of literature.Mine is the 1979 edition whose preface claims it is still relevant. Perhaps that, too, is an indication of a past phase of feminism, because the story has really not aged very well.The writing is awful. Sorry. I know that it was originally serialized in Gilman's magazine, which might account for the shallow, unpolished quality of it, but it makes for tiresome reading in novella form.I hesitate to criticize Herland too much be [...]


    2. This is considered utopian literature. If you look for a list of utopian literature here on you will find it lumped together with dystopian literature, which is odd because they mean exactly the opposite. Herland is distinctly utopian. Merriam-Webster says utopia is "an imaginary and indefinitely remote place". That defines Herland perfectly. It is also considered feminist literature, and that fits Perkins perfectly because she was a feminist first and foremost.Herland is the unusual story of t [...]


    3. i feel like, as a lady, i should like this more. i thought it was okay; i liked some of the gentle satire poked at recontextualizing the things we take for granted about our society, which is supposed to make us laugh and blush. but i think i would go mad here. its a little too wide-eyed stepford wives-y for me. and in a land without men, who would i get to boss around? i just dont think this has aged well, overall, and im not sure why i was under the impression that it was some seminal work tha [...]



    4. 4.25 starsi really needed a book like this with the last few days i've been having (we'll leave it as less than ideal).i so want to live in herland (so named by the narrator, vandyck 'van' jennings, only one of three males in this story). simply put, herland is hinterland without the int: without the interruption, interference, intrusion, integration, interloping, interposing, intimidation, intoxicants of the outside world (meaning males, though i don't believe its inhabitants see it that way in [...]


    5. I'm not going to rate this book for its entertainment factor, because I don't think that was Gilman's main purpose (and it wasn't that entertaining anyway). I found so many things fascinating about Herland. My notes:I was interested to see that Gilman was more trapped in masculine culture and language than we are today (we're making progress, good!). For example, it seemed to be a compliment to her to describe the women of Herland as being like boys--does that show her opinion or the limited way [...]


    6. Written in 1915 and serialised in her paper, this is a fairly funny description of three men landing in a country where there are only women -- a land of cooperation, peace, prosperity, wisdom and achievement. The humour lies in the misconceptions of the men as to women's capacities, and their constant bumping against all of the horrible poverty and injustices in the world that they take for granted. It's quite a fascinating glimpse into the period, and there is much to love about a feminist soc [...]


    7. After a lot of thought, I've decided to give this book five stars. No, this is not a "gripping" read, nor will most of the characters stick in your mind for years to come. But this is probably the best feminist book I've ever read, not to mention the most approachable. Besides it's page length of 144 pages, it's approachable in it's text. It takes a naturalistic approach in it's content, rather than relying on romanticism so it is very diplomatic and practical. It attacks concepts instilled in w [...]


    8. 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 remembered for only a single short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper." Now, having had the distinct displeasure of having read a second piece of Gilman's writing, I have to wonder if that obscurity isn't well-deserved.Herland is everything that "The Yellow Wallpaper" is not. It is boring, overly expository, dry as dust, and most [...]


    9. For a feminist tale, this book spends an awfully disproportionate amount of time focusing on how the three male visitors to Herland view the women there. They deal with their misconceptions about women and allow the women to experiment with them in considering moving back to a bi-sexual society (they have been reproducing with the air, apparently, birthing babies without men.)The problem with utopias is that there is little conflict. The women have a fully-functioning society with brilliant achi [...]


    10. this little book should probably write a review about me. When I was in my early 20s I worked at half-price books. I found this book and put it in the fiction section as I thought it was fiction as a young man, properly so. Little did I know the true body of work the author of "The Yellow Wallpaper" had behind her before she wrote this wonderful novel. Fast forward 20 years later - to my humbling, sad, little, Americanized midlife-(4 lack of a more accurately defining word)-crisis in 2012. I'm 4 [...]


    11. Written in 1915, this utopian novel describes an isolated single gender society wherein the female inhabitants of 'Herland' reproduce via parthenogenesis; in Herland the greatness, capabilities, wisdom and potential of womanhood are all cultivated within an environment where war and conflict, poverty and pollution, crime, domination and disease have been eliminated. Charlotte Perkins Gilman very clearly, and somewhat cleverly and confidently for her time, uses the utopian nation/notion of 'Herla [...]


    12. Very interesting early feminist novel about how a land of all woman might develop and how it might differ in both large and small ways from the world we know. In this story 3 men discover this remote and new land, and spend some time learning its language and customs, while also teaching them ours, with varying degrees of acceptance depending on their personalities.


    13. So usually when I read a book, I give myself over to the story and the writing as much as possible. As problematic as the author might be, I try to enjoy the story regardless, because a problematic person or a bad person can still tell a good story. While I actively try to avoid authors whom I consider problematic (like H.P. Lovecraft, for instance) I still do definitely engage with authors and books who I wouldn’t like as people (like Hunter S. Thompson) and enjoy their books. I don’t often [...]


    14. This was fun. I think I've described it as HG Wells with feminism. My only real criticism is that it just ends. I wanted to know what happened next, but that's in the next book


    15. I will be teaching Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" to my 11th graders next week, so when I learned the amazing CraftLit podcast was going to tackle Gilman's utopian novel, I decided to give it a listen.First of all, there's no traditional story. No real conflict or climax, no real rising action to speak of. Instead, a trio of male archetypes find a small land of woman. For the last 2000 years they have been cut off from the world and have succeeded entirely on their own, withou [...]


    16. This is the book that most of my currently-writing dissertation chapter is about. It's about a utopian nation in Sough America populated entirely by women, who have mutated so that they reproduce asexually. These three male explorers decide to "discover" the land, and they get captured and educated in the superiority of Herland over "Ourland." The best reason to read this if you're not writing a dissertation on it is that it is really funny, pretty much unintentionally. Gilman had a lot of beefs [...]


    17. My rating will make more sense if you read the TOC for Almroth Wright's (lovely, harumph) book called "The Unexpurgated Examination of Woman Sufferage" (or some such drivel). In those lilnes you'll read, in reverse, the outline for Gilman's 12 chapter novel. Hers is a calm, focused refutation of his text, but in fiction form. Knowing that makes the book make SO much more sense! That, and going through it on the CraftLit podcast.


    18. I knew this was an Utopian novel going in. If you've followed any of my reviews for a while, you know that Utopian novels are not my favorites. I probably lean more towards Dystopian because that seems more realistic (Am I jaded? Because I think I might be).I'm always up to listen to novels I normally wouldn't listen to if Heather Ordover from the Craftlit podcast is handling them. She goes out of her way to do research to complement and expand every book and it's a sheer pleasure to learn from [...]


    19. As compelling now as it was when first written, Gilman’s novel examines what it means to be male in an all-woman world, to be a woman unafraid and sure when confronted by men and whether true co-existence between the sexes is really possible. Without being particularly preachy, she presents a world in which women do cooperate with each other, in a utopia of peace and harmony, and how calmly they deal with the men who blunder into their world after over a century of being without men at all.If [...]


    20. This book works extremely well if one assumes it to be a satirical portrayal of extreme feminist idealism.When one realizes that it is meant to be taken at face value - well, to say that it doesn't work quite as well is to understate the case. The plot is thin, the characters are flat, the prose is didactically limp, the improvements suggested are impractical and border on the dystopian.I found that the women seem to be devoid of significant differences in personality, while the three men exhibi [...]


    21. Herland is hm. Unfortunately bland, really. Charlotte Perkins Gilman seems to have set out to portray a utopian, perfect society of women that shows up all the faults and contradictions of the contemporary world. Unfortunately, that society seems so flat and lacking in individuality that I wouldn't want to be there. It also makes motherhood the pinnacle of a woman's being, something to long for.I'm female-bodied and apparently possessed of the various bits you'd expect given that. I really, real [...]


    22. This is a piece of feminist literature that unfortunately shows its age in very unpleasant ways. From the "yayyyy, eugenics!" to the fact that this paradise of womankind was completely sexless and worshipped motherhood as the highest and purest office a woman could aspire to (to the extent that sex for pleasure was considered unnatural and the impulse was weeded out), it's very much a product of it's time. There are some very funny moments, especially in the beginning, but not enough to overshad [...]


    23. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "Herland" is a lost-world fantasy in the Haggardian tradition with a decided twist: It functions primarily as a discourse on the supposed but not necessarily actual differences between the two sexes, and as a feminist screed in the utopian genre. Written in 1915, the novel was initially serialized in the pages of Gilman's own monthly magazine, "The Forerunner," a publication whose main agenda was to further Gilman's ideas of feminism and socialism. We are introduced to [...]


    24. Three young students set out to explore a legend shared by the locals of the foreign country that they are residing in. The legend is of a hidden community comprised solely of women. Since the three students are also young men, their interest is more than piqued.All three men have different views on women, ranging from the extreme to the sympathetic. Jeff is the biologist, and an idolizer of women. The narrator, Van, stays neutral on most every subject as a sociology major. Terry is a geologist, [...]


    25. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a well known sociologist, novelist, lecturer and feminist. She is most well known for her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” When reading a book, it is usually not important to understand the views and history of the author. Herland, though fictional, is infused with Charlotte’s feminist views and politics.Herland begins when three explorers (Jeff, Van and Terry) hear about an all-female society during an expedition into a foreign land. Hardly being able to be [...]


    26. I was very glad to have found out about this novel, apparently the very first feminist utopia ever written. Most accounts of sci fi and feminism start at maybe around the 1960s, but this baby goes all the way back to 1915. Being an Ursula Le Guin fan, I saw some similarities between the styles – Gilman has her clever, gentle Le Guin-esque moments, although admittedly a large part of the book feels like she’s banging you over the head with her ideas, a feeling I never get with Le Guin. It’s [...]


    27. Three young men discover a hidden land peopled entirely by women (they reproduce by parthenogenesis). These women have built a sort of progressive-collectivist utopia, much to the chagrin of at least one of the men who cannot believe there can be a civilization without men. Although Gilman spends a little too much time in exposition, there are numerous telling observations on the limitations imposed on both men and women by conventional gender roles, and the absurdities and abuses allowed by a p [...]


    28. Herland is about a group of men who set out to find a supposedly fictional country made up of entirely women. With mordern technology, mainly a plane, they are successful in their quest but are quickly captured. The characters in this book seem to have been chosen carefully. Terry, the man who believes a woman's place in the world is in the house cooking and serving the man. Jeff the man who thinks that woman are to be idolized and protected. And finally Van, who seems to be between the other tw [...]


    29. Oh, this ones just all types of insane fun. Written near a century ago, Gilman has her 3 male protagonists crashland an early plane into a secret uptopia where men don't exist. And what a wonderful world it would be, too. Gentle, highly evolved, all needs met, no pain, entirely communist (you can't even raise your own kids there). No icky sex (babies are born when a woman WISHES super hard for one). The women of Herland ease the men into their blissful way of life, the men come to realize what u [...]


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