This extraordinary casebook brings together 100 years of critical discussion on the feminist classic The Yellow Wallpaper, providing crucial historical background and rich interpretations of this complex and compelling work.
One hundred years after the first publication of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ``The Yellow Wallpaper'' and almost 20 years after its reissue by the Feminist Press, Golden considers the story's impact on readers and scholars. Convenient for researchers and teachers, this casebook includes the primary work itself plus background information and sources that place it within the cultural and social context of the 19th century and of the author's personal life. Sources include excerpts from Gilman's autobiography and from the writings of 19th-century neurologist Dr. S. Weir Mitchell. Marred somewhat by considerable repetition of information, the casebook offers critical interpretations from biographical, feminist, psychological, and linguistic perspectives, as well as a dialog among scholars regarding Gilman's intriguing work. Recommended for public and academic libraries with strong literary and feminist collections.-- Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, N.J.