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- Full Title: Herland
- When Written: 1915
- Where Written: United States
- When Published: 1915 in serial form, 1979 as a book
- Literary Period: Early modernism
- Genre: Feminist science fiction, utopian fiction
- Setting: Herland
- Climax: Terry tries to rape Alima and is expelled from Herland
- Antagonist: Terry O. Nicholson
- Point of View: First-person
Extra Credit for Herland
Famous Family. After being abandoned by her father, Charlotte Perkins Gilman spent time living with some nearby aunts. One of these aunts was none other than Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Limited Education. For one of the most important feminist writers of the 20th century, Charlotte Perkins Gilman had a surprisingly limited education. By the time she left school at 15, she had been to seven different schools and had only accumulated four years’ worth of formal education.