Gilman, Charlotte Perkins: Further Reading

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Scharnhorst, Gary. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1985, 203 p.

Comprehensive bibliography of Gilman's works and biographical sources, and a brief selection of criticism devoted to her work.


Kessler, Carol Farley. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Her Progress Toward Utopia with Selected Writings New York: Syracuse University Press, 1995, 316 p.

Offers a biography of Gilman and a critical bibliography.

Lane, Ann J. To "Herland" and Beyond: The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. New York: Pantheon Books, 1990, 432 p.

Comprehensive biography covering the hardships and difficulties Gilman faced and the relationship between her life and her work.


Allen, Polly Wynn. Building Domestic Liberty: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Architectural Feminism. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988, 195 p.

Examination of Gilman's architectural designs for feminist domestic spaces, landscapes, and neighborhoods.

Beer, Janet. "The Means and Ends of Genre in the Short Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman." In Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Studies in Short Fiction, pp. 147-73. Houndmills, England: Macmillan, 1997.

Discusses how Gilman employs a variety of literary genres to deliver her feminist message to readers.

Colatrella, Carol. "Work for Women: Recuperating Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Reform Fiction." In Research in Science and Technology Studies: Gender and Work, edited by Shirley Gorenstein, pp. 53-76. Stamford, Conn.: JAI Press, 2000.

Studies Gilman's reform fiction, overlooked by most critics, as the embodiment of the social and economic theories found in her nonfiction prose.

Golden, Catherine J. and Joanna Schneider Zangrando, eds. The Mixed Legacy of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 2000, 235 p.

Provides a series of critical and biographical essays about Gilman with bibliographical resources.

Hausman, Bernice L. "Sex Before Gender: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Evolutionary Paradigm of Utopia." Feminist Studies 24, no. 3 (fall 1998): 488-510.

Encourages an analysis of Gilman's Herland by means of the category of "sex," as it was defined in Gilman's time—that is, prior to the development of the modern distinction between sex and gender.

Hill, Mary Armfield. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Making of a Radical Feminist, 1860-1896. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1980, 376 p.

Study of Gilman's public and private writings outlining Gilman's evolution as a feminist.

Hume, Beverly A. "Managing Madness in Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper." Studies in American Fiction 30, no. 1 (spring 2002): 3-20.

Maintains that Gilman's tale of madness should be read less in relation to the events of her life and more in conjunction with the horror tales of Edgar Allan Poe.

Lane, Ann J. "Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Rights of Women: Her Legacy for the 1990s." In Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Optimist Reformer, edited by Jill Rudd and Val Gough, pp. 3-15. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1999.

Assesses Gilman's critical reputation in the late-twentieth century, concluding that her analyses are as relevant today as they were during Gilman's lifetime.

McGowan, Todd. "Dispossessing the Self: 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and the Renunciation of Property." In The Feminine "No!": Psychoanalysis and the New Canon, pp. 31-46. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.

Addresses recent historicist criticism of The Yellow Wall-paper that displaces earlier feminist readings of the text.

Meyering, Sheryl L., ed. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Woman and Her Work. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1989, 211 p.

Contains biographical and critical essays on Gilman by Mary A. Hill, Susan Gubar, and others with bibliographical index.


Additional coverage of Gilman's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Writers Supplement, Vol. 11; Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Vol. 11; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 106, 150; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 221; Exploring Short Stories; Feminist Writers; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 2; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Ed. 1; Modern American Women Writers; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2; St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers; St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers, Ed. 4; Short Stories for Students, Vols. 1, 18; Short Story Criticism, Vols. 13, 62; and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vols. 9, 37, 117.

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