Herland (novel) | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Val Gough

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of Herland (novel).
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Critical Essay by Val Gough

SOURCE: “Lesbians and Virgins: The New Motherhood in Herland,” in Anticipations: Essays on Early Science Fiction and Its Precursors, edited by David Seed, Syracuse University Press, 1995, pp. 195-215.

In the following essay, Gough discusses lesbianism as Gilman portrays it in Herland.

We will be the New Mothers of a New World

—Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In her autobiography, Charlotte Perkins Gilman relates the significance that the realm of the imagination and fantasy had to her as a child: ‘Of all those childish years the most important step was this. I learned the use of a constructive imagination’.1 Not only did her ‘brain-building’ provide her with a sense of control which she lacked in her everyday life, closely regulated as it was by her mother, but it afforded an imaginary space for her ‘scheming...

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