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With Her in Ourland: Sequel to Herland (Contributions in Women's Studies) [Paperback]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman , Mary Jo Deegan , Michael R. Hill

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1 Jun 1997 0275960773 978-0275960773
Two works in one, this volume contains the full text of With Her in Ourland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as well as an illuminating sociological analysis by Mary Jo Deegan with the assistance of Michael R. Hill. Ourland is the sequel to Gilman's acclaimed feminist utopian novel Herland; both were published in her journal, The Forerunner, in 1915 and 1916. Ourland resumes the adventures of ^IHerland^R's protagonists, Ellador and Van, but turns from utopian fantasy to a challenging analysis of contemporary social fissures in his land, or the real world. The republication of Herland as a separate novel in 1979 revived critical interest in Gilman's work but truncated the larger aims implicit in the ^IHerland/Ourland^R saga, leaving an erroneous understanding of Gilman's other/better half of the story, in which it is suggested that strong women can resocialize men to be nurturant and cooperative. Gilman's choice of a sexually integrated society in With Her in Ourland provides us with her answer to her ideal society, but her foray into a woman-only society as a corrective to a male dominated one is a controversial option. The challenging message of Ourland, however, does not impede the pleasure of reading it as a novel. Though known more for her fiction today, Gilman in her time was a recognized and accomplished sociologist who admired Lester F. Ward and frequently visited Jane Addams of Chicago's Hull-House. The male protagonist in Herland/Ourland, Van, is a sociologist, used by Gilman as a foil on which to skewer the assumptions and practices of patriarchal sociology. The interpretation presented here, which adopts a sociological viewpoint, is invaluable reading for scholars and students of sociology, American women's studies, and utopian literature.

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.,."a splendid book, a delight to have now available. Mary Jo Deegan's introduction is filled with useful insights and information....Deegan's angle of vision is sociological, and that makes her reading of this story different from most Gilman scholarship."-Theories and Epistemology

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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and highly readable 7 Nov 2013
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This was one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. The feminist ideals were so well described and defined with such gentle passion that I gave up marking all the sections to reread and ponder further and simply turned back to the first page to read it a second time.
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Now, as much as then, women have a long way to go before they finally crack the 'male' ceiling. I enjoyed this work, but given attention to detail (although required in order to make sense), it was a long read and however creditable her theories, a great deal of it got lost in the background of the relationship between the two protagonists.
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