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Guide to the classics: written in 1915, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland imagines society without men

By Donna Mazza, Senior Lecturer in Creative Arts, Edith Cowan University
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Recent television series Creamerie, a dark comedy from New Zealand where a pandemic quickly kills (almost) all men and male animals, revives the concept of an all-female society with a contemporary take on ideas raised by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) over 100 years ago.

Perkins Gilman’s Herland (1915) is the kind of novel mentioned by critics who dive into speculative fiction dealing with gender or utopia, but it rarely…


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