Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s fictional utopia Herland is about a culture populated


Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s fictional utopia Herland is about a culture populated only by women. The novel, narrated by a male sociologist, describes the woman-only culture in vivid detail and contrasts it with the three “visiting” men and their own society. Sociology was a new field during Gilman’s lifetime and one that she identified with because of her interest in social problems. Since she considered herself a sociologist, readers could assume that the male narrator’s viewpoint is her own. It is through Vandyck Jennings’s eyes that we see both the male perspective on gender roles in American society in the early 20th century and the imaginative utopian society of Herland. Gilman was not promoting a society populated only by women, but she creates it to critique the role and place of women in western society in the early 1900s.
After reading the first three chapters of Herland, write three to four pages in which you include the following components:
Answer one of the following two questions about gender and society that Gilman embedded within the Herlandnarrative:
How do the status of and attitudes toward women during Gilman’s time compare to the lifestyle of women in Herland?
How does Gilman challenge widely held views about women’s nature, which began as early as the Renaissance lady, reappeared as the Victorian ideal, and were still present in 1915 when Herland was published?
Remember that in 1915, women in America still did not have the right to vote even while the “new woman” was emerging with modernism and innovations.
Be sure to provide page-referenced examples from the assigned chapters from Herland to illustrate your view.
Examine what attitudes about women (gender ideology) and limitations on women’s lives exist today, and assess how gender ideology has changed since Gilman’s lifetime (1860–1935).
Total Possible Score: 10.00
Addresses One or More of the Issues About Gender and Society That Gilman Embedded Within the First Three Chapters of Her Novel, Herland
Total: 4.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly addresses one or more of the issues about gender and society that Gilman embedded within the first three chapters of her novel, Herland.
Proficient – Addresses one or more of the issues about gender and society that Gilman embedded within the first three chapters of her novel, Herland. Minor details are missing.
Basic – Minimally addresses one or more of the issues about gender and society that Gilman embedded within the first three chapters of her novel, Herland. Relevant details are missing.
Below Expectations – Attempts to address one or more of the issues about gender and society that Gilman embedded within the first three chapters of her novel, Herland; however, significant details are missing.
Non-Performance – The address of one or more of the issues about gender and society that Gilman embedded within the first three chapters of her novel, Herland, is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.
Uses Page-Referenced Examples from the Assigned Chapters of Herland to Illustrate Points Made in the Journal Discussion
Total: 2.50
Distinguished – Uses page-referenced thorough examples from the assigned chapters of Herland to comprehensively illustrate points made in the journal discussion.
Proficient – Uses page-referenced examples from the assigned chapters of Herland to illustrate points made in the journal discussion. Minor details are missing.
Basic – Uses page-referenced partial examples from the assigned chapters of Herland to minimally illustrate points made in the journal discussion. Relevant details are missing.
Below Expectations – Attempts to use page-referenced examples from the assigned chapters of Herland to illustrate points made in the journal discussion; however, significant details are missing.
Non-Performance – The page-referenced examples from the assigned chapters of Herland to illustrate points made in the journal discussion are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.
Reflects on the Attitudes About Gender and Limitations on Women’s Lives Today as Compared to Limitations on Women in Gilman’s Lifetime (1860-1935)
Total: 2.00
Distinguished – Thoroughly reflects on the attitudes about gender and limitations on women’s lives today as compared to limitations on women in Gilman’s lifetime (1860-1935).
Proficient – Reflects on the attitudes about gender and limitations on women’s lives today as compared to limitations on women in Gilman’s lifetime (1860-1935). Minor details are missing.
Basic – Minimally reflects on the attitudes about gender and limitations on women’s lives today as compared to limitations on women in Gilman’s lifetime (1860-1935). Relevant details are missing.
Below Expectations – Attempts to reflect on the attitudes about gender and limitations on women’s lives today as compared to limitations on women in Gilman’s lifetime (1860-1935); however, significant details are missing.
Non-Performance – The reflection on the attitudes about gender and limitations on women’s lives today as compared to limitations on women in Gilman’s lifetime (1860-1935) is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.
Coherence
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – Effectively communicates ideas or points in a logical and organized manner. Reflections are sophisticated and formulate wholly appropriate and pertinent connections between the journal topic and relevant prior knowledge.
Proficient – Communicates ideas or points in a manner that is mostly logical and organized. Reflections formulate appropriate connections between the journal topic and relevant prior knowledge.
Basic – Communicates ideas or points in a manner that demonstrates a limited understanding of content organization. Attempts to reflect upon journal topic, but the connections between the journal topic and prior knowledge are vague.
Below Expectations – Attempts to communicate ideas or points; however, the content organization is extremely limited. Fails to provide a reflection that connects the journal topic to prior knowledge.
Non-Performance – The journal is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.
Mechanics
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – Journal contains no errors related to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.
Proficient – Journal contains only a few minor errors related to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, but they do not distract the reader from the content.
Basic – Journal contains a few errors related to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, which slightly distract the reader from the content.
Below Expectations – Journal contains major errors related to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure, which distract the reader from the content.
Non-Performance – The journal is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.
Written Communication: APA Formatting
Total: 0.50
Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.
Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors.
Basic – Exhibits limited knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements.
Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.
Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.


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