A World of Women

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Pub Date 15 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 22 Mar 2022
MIT Press, The MIT Press

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When a plague wipes out most of the world’s male population and civilization crumbles, women struggle to build an agrarian community in the English countryside.

Imagine a plague that brings society to a standstill by killing off most of the men on Earth. The  few men who survive descend into lechery and atavism. Meanwhile, a group of women (accompanied by one virtuous male survivor) leave the wreckage of London to start fresh, establishing a communally run agrarian outpost. But their sexist society hasn’t permitted most of them to learn any useful skills—will the commune survive their first winter? This is the bleak world imagined in 1913 by English writer J. D. Beresford—one that has particular resonance for the planet’s residents in the 2020s. This edition of A World of Women offers twenty-first century readers a new look at a neglected classic.
 
Beresford introduces us to the solidly bourgeois, prim and proper Gosling family. As once-bustling London shuts down—Parliament closes, factories grind to a halt, nature reclaims stone and steel—the paterfamilias Mr. Gosling adopts a life of libertinism while his daughters in the countryside struggle to achieve a radically transformed and improved egalitarian and feminist future.
 
When a plague wipes out most of the world’s male population and civilization crumbles, women struggle to build an agrarian community in the English countryside.

Imagine a plague that brings society to...

Advance Praise

“A satire on the lives women lead nowadays and the appalling vanity of modern civilization.”
—The Publisher's Weekly (1913)

“A World of Women speaks as urgently to the world today as to that of 100 years ago in its insistence that crisis must also be recognized as opportunity—to change our society, not to restore it.”
—Sherryl Vint Professor and Chair, Department of English, University of California, Riverside

“A satire on the lives women lead nowadays and the appalling vanity of modern civilization.”
—The Publisher's Weekly (1913)

“A World of Women speaks as urgently to the world today as to that of 100...


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