Herland

Herland An all female society is discovered somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth by three male explorers who are now forced to re examine their assumptions about women s roles in society

  • Title: Herland
  • Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Ann J. Lane
  • ISBN: 9780394736655
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • An all female society is discovered somewhere in the distant reaches of the earth by three male explorers who are now forced to re examine their assumptions about women s roles in society.

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    • Charlotte Perkins Gilman Ann J. Lane

      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.

    958 thoughts on “Herland

    • 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 becaus [...]


    • 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 three you [...]


    • i feel like, as a lady, i should like this 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 that i had to [...]



    • 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 inasmuch as [...]


    • 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 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 ways to praise 1 [...]


    • 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 socialis [...]


    • 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 women by [...]


    • 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 importa [...]


    • 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 achievem [...]


    • 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 accurately defining word crisis in 2012 I m 40 years old I m [...]


    • 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 Herland as [...]


    • 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.


    • 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


    • 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, without men [...]


    • 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 with ea [...]


    • My rating will make 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 sense That, and going through it on the CraftLit podcast.


    • 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 towards Dystopian because that seems 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 her If you are [...]


    • 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 the [...]


    • 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 exhibit c [...]


    • 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, really do [...]


    • 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 overshadow the [...]


    • 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 three [...]


    • 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 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, and stra [...]


    • 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 believe it, they [...]


    • 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 possibly a [...]


    • 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 patri [...]


    • 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 two at [...]


    • 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 utter simp [...]


    • The Craftlit commentary definitely helps this one It s certainly as much a thought experiment as it is a conventional story In fact, I feel as though many of the characters only really begin to take shape in the final chapter.It s a product of it s times a story written during the campaign for Women s Suffrage in the United States providing a world or nation where women exist without men It gets a bit annoying and preachy at times, but it also keeps the rhetoric remarkably low key at others I fi [...]


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