Family and Gender in Utopian Novels
An analysis of the issues of the family and gender equality in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "Herland" and B.F. Skinner's "Walden Two".
# 143211 | 1,250 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 |
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Literature (American) , Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Sociology (General)
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The paper relates that Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a sociologist, feminist and novelist whose utopia "Herland" was written in 1915; B.F. Skinner was a psychologist whose utopia "Walden Two" was published in 1948. The paper asserts that despite the fact that the books were produced more than thirty years apart, they have much in common. The paper explains that both were written primarily as polemics for their respective author's political beliefs, and it shows: neither is great literature. However, the paper discusses how both are filled with fascinating sociological issues which remain important concerns to this day: for example, the nature of the family; the best way to educate people; socialism versus capitalism; relationships between the sexes; the nature of work; and of course the central question of how to achieve a happy society. This paper examines the ways in which the two novels deal with the related issues of the family and gender equality. The paper opines that the latter issue in particular remains extremely relevant today.
From the Paper:"These utopian novels, while imaginary, nevertheless identify and respond to specific issues and problems within the broader society. What are some of these issues and problems? Also, in what ways do Skinner and Gilman contribute to some of the debates that were going on in their own time, some of which might still be relevant to the early 21st century? (Note: avoid a laundry list of issues -- FOCUS on one or two.) Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a sociologist, feminist and novelist whose utopia Herland was written in 1915. B.F. Skinner was a psychologist whose utopia Walden Two was published in 1948. Despite the fact that the books were produced more than thirty years apart, they have much in common."
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