Utopia | Critical Essay by Carol Pearson

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Critical Essay by Carol Pearson

SOURCE: “Coming Home: Four Feminist Utopias and Patriarchal Experience,”* in Future Females: A Critical Anthology, edited by Marleen S. Barr, Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1981, pp. 63-70.

In the following essay, Pearson observes affinities in modern feminist utopian novels and suggests that such works “seek to transcend the limitations of female experience.”

Feminist utopian fiction implicitly or explicitly criticizes the patriarchy while it emphasizes society's habit of restricting and alienating women. Each work discussed here assumes that the patriarchy is unnatural and fails to create environments conducive to the maximization of female—or male—potential. Upon discovering a sexually equalitarian society, the narrators have a sense of coming home to a nurturing, liberating environment.1

The creators of feminist utopias envision societies which are surprisingly similar. Mary Bradley Lane's Mizora...

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