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The Crux: A Novel Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Crux: A Novel

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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ISBN : 9780874137712
Hardcover
242 pages
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Originally serialized in 1911 in Charlotte Perkins Gilmans magazine The Forerunner, The Crux portrays a multigenerational group of women who flee the repressive traditions of their New England village on the advice of a woman physician. MigratingMoreOriginally serialized in 1911 in Charlotte Perkins Gilmans magazine The Forerunner, The Crux portrays a multigenerational group of women who flee the repressive traditions of their New England village on the advice of a woman physician. Migrating West, they find self-fulfillment in a Colorado town. An argument against the traditional nineteenth-century ideal of female innocence that left women vulnerable to sexually transmitted disease, the novel invokes classic frontier ideology along with a feminist critique of the male-dominated medical establishment in order to argue for womens sexual self-determination. It also envisions many of Gilmans best-known reformist ideas for gender relations and social organization, including socialized housekeeping, professionalized child care, and economic independence for white, middle-class women. This edition of the novel includes explanatory notes to Gilmans text, along with an introduction contextualizing the novel in terms of Gilmans biography as well as nineteenth-century gender ideologies, medical discourses, and frontier mythologies.