Hello! My name is Georgia-may Cox and I am a BA English student. The project I have chosen to present is the short-story I wrote for the Utopias and Dystopias module, titled The Sanctuary. I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this story alongside my dissertation, as it has allowed me to express my thoughts and ideas through a more creative mode.
I chose to base my work on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novel Herland, as I wanted to try and rework Gilman's ideas of an all female Utopia into something entirely different and more sinister. I also wanted my story to build upon Thomas More's notion that a perfect world can never exist, as there will always be greed and sin. I was also inspired by a further two texts which I was introduced to through the module: Yevgeny Zamyatin's We and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Following the plot outline of both novels, my short-story begins with the description of a Utopian society, but ends with the mirage of perfection being shattered.
Perfection doesn't exist! Stop looking for it. Because you will never find it.
Short story based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland
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