Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1860–1935, American feminist and reformer, b. Hartford, Conn.; great-granddaughter of Lyman Beecher. Prominent as a lecturer and writer on the labor movement and feminism, she edited the Forerunner, a liberal journal. She wrote many works on social and economic problems, the most important of which is Women and Economics (1898). She is perhaps best known for her semiautobiographical short story The Yellow Wallpaper (1890), which describes a woman's nervous breakdown. Incurably ill, she committed suicide.

See her autobiography (1935); study by H. L. Horowitz (2010).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2013, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Biography
Cynthia J. Davis.
Stanford University Press, 2010
The Yellow Wall-Paper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Feminist Press, 1996 (Revised edition)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Her Contemporaries: Literary and Intellectual Contexts
Cynthia J. Davis; Denise D. Knight.
University of Alabama Press, 2004
The Mixed Legacy of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Catherine J. Golden; Joanna Schneider Zangrando.
University of Delaware Press, 2000
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Colonial Revival
Lockwood, J. Samaine.
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 29, No. 1, January 2012
With Her in Ourland: Sequel to Herland
Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Mary Jo Deegan; Michael R. Hill.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Utopianism and Radicalism in a Reforming America, 1888-1918
Francis Robert Shor.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "The 'New Woman' in Turn-of-the-Century Utopian Fiction: Bellamy's Equality and Gilman's 'A Woman's Utopia'"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Reassessing Her Significance for Feminism and Social Economics
Sheth, Falguni; Prasch, Robert E.
Review of Social Economy, Vol. 54, No. 3, Fall 1996
Narrating Utopia: Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature
Chris Ferns.
Liverpool University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Herland" begins on p. 176
Love and Economics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman on "The Woman Question"
Davis, Cynthia J.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2005
Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women's Writing, 1850-1930
Martha J. Cutter.
University Press of Mississippi, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Herstory in Herland, History in Herland: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Reconstruction of Gender and Language"
Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Economics
Drucilla K. Barker; Edith Kuiper.
Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Feminist Fiction and Feminist Economics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman on Efficiency"
White Women's Rights: The Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States
Louise Michele Newman.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Eliminating Sex Distinctions from Civilization: The Feminist Theories of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Mary Roberts Smith Coolidge"
States of Perfect Freedom: Autobiography and American Political Thought
Philip Abbott.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "Reforming: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Jane Addams"
Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Denise D. Knight.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)" begins on p. 160
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