During her lifetime, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) was a popular writer, public speaker, and social reformer whose literary interests ranged from short stories, novels, and nonfiction philosophical studies to poetry, newspaper columns, plays, and many other genres. Though she fell into obscurity after her death, there has been a resurgence of interest in Gilman's works among literary scholars.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: New Texts, New Contexts represents a new phase of feminist scholarship in recovery, drawing readers' attention to Gilman's lesser-known works from fresh perspectives that revise what we thought we knew about the author and her work. Volume contributors consider an array of texts that have not yet enjoyed adequate critical scrutiny, including Gilman's short fiction, drama, and writing for periodicals, as well as her long fiction. Similarly, incorporating careful archival, biographical, and historical research, contributors explore Gilman's life and writings-including her most famous story, "The Yellow Wall-Paper"-through strikingly new critical lenses. Other essays included here assess Gilman's place in a longer historical trajectory and within multiple rhetorical traditions, from the genre of feminist humor to the canon of African American women's literary production.
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About the Author
Jennifer S. Tuttle is associate professor of English and Dorothy M. Healy Chair in Literature & Health at the University of New England, where she serves as Faculty Director, Maine Women Writers Collection; she also coedits Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.
Carol Farley Kessler is professor emerita of English, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Penn State-Brandywine, and has also published on Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and U.S. women's utopian writing.
Table of Contents
Introduction Jennifer S. Tuttle Carol Farley Kessler 1
Part I Biographical and Critical Overviews
Chapter 1 "that pure New England stock": Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Construction of Identity Denise D. Knight 27
Chapter 2 Looking Backward: Rereading Gilman in the Early Twenty-First Century Catherine J. Golden 44
Part II New Texts
Chapter 3 The Torn Voice in "The Giant Wistaria" and "The Unnatural Mother" Jill Rudd 69
Chapter 4 An "Absent Mother": Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Mag-Marjorie, and the Politics of Maternal Responsibility Charlotte J. Rich 85
Chapter 5 Turning "The Balsam Fir" into Mag-Marjorie: Generic Transposition in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Imaginative Economy Frederick Wegener 103
Chapter 6 "The Same Revulsion against Them All": Ida Tarbell and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Suffrage Dialogue Aleta Feinsod Cane 122
Chapter 7 Doing It "man-fashion": Gender Performance in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Unpunished Jill Bergman 140
Part III New Contexts
Chapter 8 "There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me": An Alternative Reading of Neurasthenia Jennifer Lunden 161
Chapter 9 The Yellow Newspaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Sensational Journalism Sari Edelstein 180
Chapter 10 The Madwoman's Other Sisters: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Gloria Naylor, and the Re-Inscription of Loss Caroline Brown 200
Chapter 11 Feminist Humor and Charlotte Perkins Gilman Shelley Fisher Fishkin 222