The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
     
 

The Yellow Wallpaper is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the nineteenth century toward women's physical and mental health. The story also has been classified as Gothic fiction and horror fiction. The story is written as a collection of first person journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband… See more details below

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The Yellow Wallpaper is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the nineteenth century toward women's physical and mental health. The story also has been classified as Gothic fiction and horror fiction. The story is written as a collection of first person journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of a house that he has rented for the summer. She is forbidden from working, and has to hide her journal entries from him, so that she can recuperate from what he calls a "temporary nervous depression-a slight hysterical tendency," a diagnosis common to women in that period. Her husband controls her access to the rest of the house. In the end, she imagines that there are women creeping around behind the patterns of the wallpaper, and comes to believe that she is one of them. She locks herself in the room, now the only place where she feels safe, refusing to leave when the summer rental is up.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617202063
Publisher:
Wilder Publications
Publication date:
01/24/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
38
Sales rank:
301,607
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.09(d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
Pt. 1The Yellow Wallpaper: The Complete Text1
Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background3
Chronology of Gilman's Life and Times29
A Note on the Text40
The Yellow Wallpaper [1892 New England Magazine Edition]41
Pt. 2The Yellow Wallpaper: Cultural Contexts61
1Conduct Literature and Motherhood Manuals63
A Treatise on Domestic Economy65
The Ugly-Girl Papers74
Psycho-Physical Culture90
"What Shall We Do with the Mothers?"95
Winsome Womanhood: Familiar Talks on Life and Conduct102
How to Win: A Book for Girls110
The Functions and Disorders of the Reproductive Organs120
2Invalid Women130
Wear and Tear, or Hints for the Overworked133
"Nervousness and Its Influence on Character"142
"The Evolution of the Rest Treatment"144
Maternity; A Book for Every Wife and Mother150
The Household Monitor of Health155
The Ladies' Guide in Health and Disease157
"Puerperal Mania"173
The Puerperal Diseases180
3Sexuality, Race, and Social Control189
1873 Comstock Law192
Traps for the Young195
Address to the National Congress of Mothers, March 13, 1905203
"The Causes of Race Superiority"210
American Nervousness214
"Sexual Perversion in the Female229
"Sexual Inversion in Women"236
Psychopathia Sexualis247
Pure Sociology252
"Parasitism and Civilised Vice"259
4Movements for Social Change278
The Word281
Looking Backward: 2000-1887286
Twenty Years at Hull-House297
Theory of the Leisure Class311
Women and Economics317
"Think Husbands Aren't Mainstays"325
"Dr. Clair's Place"327
The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman334
5Literary Responses and Literary Culture345
"Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper?"347
On the Reception of "The Yellow Wallpaper"349
Criticism and Fiction352
The Notebooks362
The Diary of Alice James364
"The Story of an Hour"366
Selected Bibliography370

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