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Charlotte Perkins Gilman : a study of the short fiction

Author: Denise D Knight; Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1997.
Series: Twayne's studies in short fiction, no. 68.
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Declaring that her mission was "to find out what ailed society, and how most easily and naturally to improve it," Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was among the vanguard of American first-wave feminists. With Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction, Denise D. Knight, a distinguished Gilman scholar, contributes a much-needed overview and assessment of the writer's short stories. Arguing that  Read more...
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Knight, Denise D., 1954-
Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1997
(OCoLC)648227935
Named Person: Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denise D Knight; Charlotte Perkins Gilman
ISBN: 0805708669 9780805708660
OCLC Number: 35718585
Description: xiv, 234 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Writing with a Purpose --
"The Yellow Wall-Paper" --
Earlt Fiction and "Studies in Style" --
Autobiographical Fiction --
The Forerunner Fiction --
From "Apropos of Literature" --
Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper? --
"The Yellow Wallpaper" --
Its History and Reception --
From The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman --
From "Thoughts and Figgerings" --
"Madculine Literature" from The Man-Made World; Or, Our Androcentric Culture --
From "Coming Changes in Literature" --
Instead of a Story --
From "Charlotte Perkins Gilman."
Series Title: Twayne's studies in short fiction, no. 68.
Responsibility: Denise D. Knight.

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Declaring that her mission was "to find out what ailed society, and how most easily and naturally to improve it," Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was among the vanguard of American first-wave feminists. With Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction, Denise D. Knight, a distinguished Gilman scholar, contributes a much-needed overview and assessment of the writer's short stories. Arguing that Gilman's short fiction is both didactic and utopian in articulating her vision of social reform - that Gilman's stories "re-create the world according to her vision of the ideal"--Knight offers important insights of students and scholars alike. Surveying Gilman's body of stories, this study investigates the early, autobiographical Forerunner and other stories to pinpoint the writer's ideology and advocacy of the principles of nationalism and reform Darwinism; a separate section evaluates "The Yellow Wall-Paper," placing it in the context of Gilman's larger corpus. A sampling of Gilman's own statements about her work, drawn from various autobiographical sources both published and unpublished, follows; augmenting it are the observations of Gilman's friend and professional colleague Amy Wellington. Of particular interest is a collection of salient critical essays, three of them specially commissioned for this study.

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