The Crux

The Crux

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Dana Seitler / Nov 16, 2019

The Crux Long out of print Charlotte Perkins Gilman s novel The Crux is an important early feminist work that brings to the fore complicated issues of gender citizenship eugenics and frontier nationalism F

  • Title: The Crux
  • Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Dana Seitler
  • ISBN: 9780822331674
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • Long out of print, Charlotte Perkins Gilman s novel The Crux is an important early feminist work that brings to the fore complicated issues of gender, citizenship, eugenics, and frontier nationalism First published serially in the feminist journal The Forerunner in 1910, The Crux tells the story of a group of New England women who move west to start a boardinghouse for meLong out of print, Charlotte Perkins Gilman s novel The Crux is an important early feminist work that brings to the fore complicated issues of gender, citizenship, eugenics, and frontier nationalism First published serially in the feminist journal The Forerunner in 1910, The Crux tells the story of a group of New England women who move west to start a boardinghouse for men in Colorado The innocent central character, Vivian Lane, falls in love with Morton Elder, who has both gonorrhea and syphilis The concern of the novel is not so much that Vivian will catch syphilis, but that, if she were to marry and have children with Morton, she would harm the national stock The novel was written, in Gilman s words, as a story for young women to read in order that they may protect themselves and their children to come What was to be protected was the civic imperative to produce pureblooded citizens for a utopian ideal.Dana Seitler s introduction provides historical context, revealing The Crux as an allegory for social and political anxieties including the rampant insecurities over contagion and disease in the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century Seitler highlights the importance of The Crux to understandings of Gilman s body of work specifically and early feminism generally She shows how the novel complicates critical history by illustrating the biological argument undergirding Gilman s feminism Indeed, The Crux demonstrates how popular conceptions of eugenic science were attractive to feminist authors and intellectuals because they suggested that ideologies of national progress and U.S expansionism depended as much on women and motherhood as on masculine contest.

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      • Charlotte Perkins Gilman Dana Seitler

        Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a prominent American sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform She was a utopian feminist during a time when her accomplishments were exceptional for women, and she served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle Her best remembered work today is her semi autobiographical short story, The Yellow Wallpaper , which she wrote after a severe bout of post partum depression.She was the daughter of Frederic B Perkins.


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    1. I love Gilman, even though she's dated. I mean, who isn't dated? She wrote this book the year my grandfather was born. Of course her feminism won't be cutting-edge. The introduction prepared me to be horrified by the eugenicist overtones of the novel and a greater focus on CPG's biological feminism than some of her better known works.But you know what? The "eugenics" bit - don't marry someone with an untreated/untreatable STD if your major goal is to have healthy children - bothered me less than [...]


    2. A story about independence with the hope of progress for young women threatened by a society that often keeps them blind to the risks of sexually transmitted infections. The frequent times that the protagonist was told that marriage is a woman's duty made me want to barf. I almost thought that the story was rather Austenesque, but had fallen short of that in many ways. The long time misogynist cured of his hatred towards women. The idea that the developing west was an opportunity to grow, but ma [...]


    3. We all know The Yellow Wall-Paper, but the more of Gilman's short stories I read, the more convinced I am that she was simply writing manuals for late 1800s women. How to start a small business. How to have a marriage on equal footing. This one is about how to avoid gonorrhea. It's not too surprising, because she advocated for class reform and women's rights, but it is strange sometimes to see a manual wrapped in layers of fiction.


    4. 'On ladies avoiding gonorrhea and syphilis' would be a better title for this book. The language is fit for a instruction manual and not for a novel, but it was an interesting read.


    5. Do not skip the foreword. If you do, you may just give up on this book as interminably dull, when in fact it's just rather slow building up to the dramatic climax and obligatory happy ending.


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