Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper

Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper[Read] ➯ Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper Author Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Oaklandjobs.co.uk When three American men discover a community of women living in perfect isolation in the they decide there simply must be men somewhere How could these women survive without man's knowledge experience When three American men discover The Yellow MOBI ô a community of women living in perfect isolation in the they decide there simply must be men somewhere How could these women survive without man's knowledge experience and strength not to mention reproductive power In fact what they have found is a civilisation free from Herland and MOBI :¼ disease poverty and the weight of tradition All alone the women have created a society of calm and prosperity a feminist utopia that dares to threaten the very concept of male superiority. HaWellYesThis is a mismatched selection the Yellow wallpaper is about twenty pages long and is the better of the two from a literary point of view Herland is just short of two hundred pages and is one of those books interesting to read about than to read view spoiler and I must impress upon you books that are interesting to read about than to read are always interesting to read about than to read even if you take that into account hide spoiler I’m solely talking about Herland in this review although this edition also includes The Yellow WallpaperI wish I could rate this book because it shone in some aspects but unfortunately it was tedious and difficult in mostFirst off I’ll start with what I liked Mainly that’s the themes which Perkins Gilman introduced and upheld The way she contrasts Herland’s society with Americathe Western world is embarrassing for Vandyck and demonstrates how backwards society was in 1915 and still is now This was particularly evident in Herland’s attitude to tradition ie tradition is pointless and stops us from progressingHowever the strengths of the book’s themes aren’t enough to overcome its weaknesses I thought Van was a bland choice of narrator While choosing one of the men as the narrator was a good choice as we get to witness the understanding of the world held by patriarchs and also witness that understanding get slowly blown apart Van is the most boring narrator I’ve had to read in a while Jeff or Terry were much better contenders; personally I think Terry would have been the best choice considering how starkly contrasted his views are from the inhabitants of HerlandAdditionally some of the viewpoints Perkins Gilman displays in this book are just not it I kept having to remind myself that this was written by a white woman in 1915 so of course there would be a bias but it was still uncomfortable to read Indigenous folk being constantly referred to as “savages” and the women in Herland are only excluded from that label because they are intelligent and strong It was gross and xenophobic Also the idea that a society full of women would automatically place Motherhood above all else Come on We are good at than just giving birth and being caring While the novel did successfully challenge the male idea of femininity and womanhood the basis of Herland’s religion and society was not the oneNot to mention that this book is about men discovering a whole new country and society yet it feels like literally nothing happened Perkins Gilman failed to balance an engaging plot with meaningful themes and symbols so it was a real trudge to get through Herland is a fairly short length clocking in just shy of 200 pages and it feels like Perkins Gilman bit off than she could chew She attempted to delve into many aspects of Herland’s society except the novel is too short for this to be done in a significant way As such it felt unfocused and ungrounded multiple timesOverall this book has its merits but I think they’re outweighed by its downfalls I wouldn’t read it again and I’m not really sure I’d recommend it to others either As far as feminist literature goes there are other much profound and engaging novels than this one I have read The Yellow Wallpaper before There is something very important and also very disturbing about it and it is a great read for anyone I thinkAs for Herland I am glad I finally read it There is many topics to discuss about it but for me I think is the most poignant the discussion about religion and the Judeo Christian concept of God an old one redundant in our culture nowadays Perkins Gilman pointed this out hundred years ago Yet we still have people who find the laws of God a concept to be obeyed blindly I'd like too say we have moved as a society the western society I mean but there is still so many things to work on This is uite a decent adventure story for it's time and a really interesting read in terms of historical feminism Make sure you keep the time period and the authors background in mind while you read it as some of the views expressed will make you angry Perkins Gilman is very anti men anti blacks anti abortion and anti dog As the introduction to the text says it would be very interesting to see a modern take on this story where the men are less stereotypical and the women less perfectIn other news I loved the Yellow Wallpaper So insidious and creepy and wonderfully catches the emotion of the characters descent into madness caused by a rest cure Herland tells the story of three men who discover a secluded civilization comprised entirely of women Written in 1915 before Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own you—I—have to admire the boldness of Gilman's vision; some of her ideas not just about gender euality and feminism but also about our treatment of the environment and child rearing practices are prescient and at times feel spot on However the writing itself the story telling is just not as good as some of the ideas and the spirit behind it SynopsisHerland was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and published in 1915 It follows three men who discover a utopian community in the that is made up entirely of women This community is free from war disease poverty jealousy crime punishment and repression Charlotte Perkins Gilman creates a matriarchal society that highlights some of the issues with our patriarchal society our suppression of the feminine and the exclusion of females from certain areas of life StorylineNow this story is not really a fabulous ‘tale’ so to speak and it doesn’t have fabulous storytelling The story is used as a sort of social commentary and to bring up some very important gender issues I still loved the story however Such interesting points were brought up and I loved the idea of this utopian society I was afraid it was going to be an angry feminist text with the highest ideal being women being eual to men; as in women being able to do things considered manly It wasn’t however this was near perfection I loved this society and just about everything about it The only thing I didn’t completely jive with was the view on sex This society freed women from repression let them be free to do things that they were excluded from before and let them step into some essentially feminine energies with a new and complete power I felt like some of the issues discussed were not just gender issues but some important societal issues in general Minus the exclusion of men although they try to rectify that at some point in the book we are presented with an idyllic society that some may think isn’t possible but yet still boldly throws in your face the uestion ‘why not?’ This was a story that made me think so deeply about the society we live in that’s for sure Setting The setting was great This utopian society where the food supply is well thought out and shared eually where there is no crime and no punishment where there is no disease where education isn’t a type of institution but an integral part of life that everyone can be privy to with a simple religion that makes sense that doesn’t involve worship but is just a way of life with the group love and mentality and with the focus on the children and bringing them the brightest future possible this was truly wonderful Very surprisingly imagined for it’s timeCharactersThe characters were just means to explore certain concepts rather than intense character studies I was ok with that though In that respect this book was similar to what I thought about the characters in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley The three male characters we follow are just different examples of masculinity Terry is a real man’s man and he just sees woman as a sex object to be dominated Jeff is one of those men who worships women and probably idealizes them a bit too much but nevertheless respects them Our narrator Vandyck is just curious about this world and open mindedly explores it’s concepts He is just the lens through which we explore this world All the females in this book are just personal examples of the ways of Herland Like I said the characters are just devices for us to explore certain subjects Did I Like It?I really liked this This was uite a hidden little gem This is what I always want feminist literature to be I was surprised this was written when it was I expected an angry feminist manifesto or something that only focused on women being excluded from male activities and no other focus which I feel like is what a lot of feminist literature can be like This was so incredibly well rounded and wonderful though I feel like this is uite an important book to read with all the present day gender euality issues Women’s euality with men is very important Yet what this world needs is not women becoming men or stepping into what has been in the past exclusively masculine roles What this world needs is a rebalancing of masculine and feminine principles which affects everybody I felt like this book was the closest to acknowledging that out of anything else I have ever read Do I Recommend It?Yes This is an important book yet very obscure I think people should pick this up Especially if you are concerned with feminism and love a good utopian novel The short story The Yellow Wallpaper was also included in my copy of this book so here are my thoughts on thatThe Yellow WallpaperThe Yellow Wallpaper is a short story of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s and it was published in 1892 It is an account of a woman spiraling into insanity after she takes up residence in the country with her husband as a rest cure She becomes obsessed with the wallpaper in her room as it becomes a symbol of the imprisonment she feels This is an interesting short story that is uite haunting in how it portrays a woman and how her mental health issues were treated in the time this was written in Definitely shows some ignorance of doctors of the day and the frightening issues a woman had to cope with dealing with what was probably post partem depression I had to read this short story in high school and it was interesting revisiting this disturbing little tale I definitely recommend getting the edition of Herland with Lindy West's intro It describes the faults and strengths of the novella in a historical context so it's easier to understand howwhy it was written Perkins Gilman is not the ideal inclusive feminist but she was ahead of her time and notes some poignant points on sexism and ineuality using satire and extreme contrasts between societies That said her brand of feminism is racist homophobic and pro life and it's important to keep that in mind 4 stars for Yellow Wallpaper 25 for Herland which while interesting and still relevant in many ways had a bit too much of a eugenics vibe to rank as an worthwhile utopia Still credit where it is due Gilman recognised in 1915 that an all women society would ultimately prioritise pockets on every garment as part of their ruling philosophy oh my goodness Read this on a plane to England Talk about dystopic utopias there were some good points along the lines of Herland but they were lost in the middle of the most boring and dry storytelling ever it’s like a politics book told second hand I decided to finish this just purely to see if it would have some point by the end otherwise I would have given up before half The Yellow Wallpaper was pretty interesting tho

Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper Epub î and The
  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • English
  • 11 October 2016
  • 9781784870522