The intellectual companion in the fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Payton, Angela Loucretia
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With the exception of the "Yellow Wallpaper" and Herland, very little of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's fiction has received any critical attention. This thesis, however, explores the evolution of a possible new character type, the intellectual companion, in her lesser-studied fiction. We can trace the development of this male character in the short story "The Cottagette," in her novel What Diantha Did, and in her three utopian novels: Moving the Mountain, Herland, and With Her in Ourland. As she recreated her female characters into independent women, she had to create male counterparts to complement these evolving women. These male counterparts resulted in the development of the intellectual companion.