The Yellow Wall-Paper: A SourceBook and Critical Edition / Edition 1

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Overview

In 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published her landmark work, The Yellow Wall-Paper, generating spirited debates in literary and political circles on both sides of the Atlantic. Today this story of a young wife and mother succumbing to madness is hailed both as a feminist classic and a key text in the American literary canon.
This sourcebook combines extracts from contemporary documents and critical reviews with incisive commentary, providing:

  • an introduction to the political, biographical and medical contexts in which Gilman was writing
  • a publishing and critical history of the work with extracts from the earliest reviews through to recent criticism
  • a chronology of key biographical and contextual events
  • an annotated guide to further reading
  • original illustrations and photographs of the author and figures related to the story.

The volume also constitutes an important critical edition, reprinting the complete original text as published in the New England Magazine in 1892, with extensive commentary.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'A well-conceived, comprehensive, and useful volume that strikes a proper balance between historical contextualization, contemporary criticism, and annotation for the student reader. It will become the most ambitious and inclusive edition on The Yellow Wall-Paper to date.' - Denise D. Knight, State University of New York at Cortland

' With its attention to primary materials, [this] sourcebook is a valuable resource for college and university teaching' - Elke Kinkel, European Journal of English Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415263580
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 847,353
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

From letter to Martha Luther Lane, 1890 26
Letter to Horace E. Scudder, 1890 27
Letter to Charlotte Perkins Stetson, 1890 27
"The tell-tale heart" 28
From The diary of Alice James 32
"Through this" 34
"The story of an hour" 37
From In this our world 39
"Why I wrote 'The yellow wallpaper'?" 45
From The living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman 47
From The American woman's home 52
From Hints on household taste : the classic handbook of Victorian interior decoration 55
From What a young husband ought to know 57
From Sex in education; or, a fair chance for the girls 57
From The puerperal diseases : clinical lectures delivered at Bellevue Hospital 59
From Fat and blood : and how to make them and Doctor and patient 61
Selected reviews of "The yellow wall-paper" 81
Initial two reviews in Boston Evening Transcript, 1892 81
"The yellow wall paper" 82
"New books and those who make them" 83
A question of 'nerves' 83
"Literary notices : the yellow wall paper" 83
"Books : light and serious stories" 84
"Minor fiction" 85
"The yellow wall paper" 85
"Brief reviews" 85
"New books in brief review" 85
From "Introduction," The great modern American stories, an anthology 86
From "Afterword" to The yellow wallpaper 88
From The madwoman in the attic 91
From "A map for rereading" 92
From "An unnecessary maze of sign reading" 94
From "Monumental feminism and literature's ancestral house : another look at 'The yellow wallpaper'" 96
From "Introduction," The gold standard and the logic of naturalism : American literature at the turn of the century 99
From "The writing of 'The yellow wallpaper' : a double palimpsest" 101
From "Feminist criticism, 'The yellow wallpaper,' and the politics of color in America" 105
From American nervousness, 1903 : an anecdotal history 108
From "Queering The yellow wallpaper? : Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the politics of form" 111
From "Overwriting decadence : Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Oscar Wilde, and the feminization of art in 'The yellow wall-paper'" 114
From "Gilman's arabesque wallpaper" 117
From "The use of audiovisual material as an aid in teaching 'The yellow wall-paper'" 121
The yellow wall-paper 131
Books on Gilman's oeuvre 161
Companion pieces by Gilman 161
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