Based on the 1892 New England Magazine text, this teaching edition of The Yellow Wallpaper includes a generous selection of historical materials. The documents are organized into thematic units and features nineteenth-century advice manuals for young women and mothers; medical texts discussing the nature of women's sexuality; social reform literature concerning women's rights, the working classes, and immigration; and excerpts from periodicals, diaries, and writers' notebooks that give students a sense of the changing literary scene that Gilman entered. Editorial features designed to help students read the novel in light of the documents include a general introduction providing historical and cultural background, a chronology o Hawthorne's life and times, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, headnotes, extensive annotations, a generous selection of illustrations, and a selected bibliography.
Table of Contents
About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
PART I. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER: THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background
Chronology of Gilman's Life and Times
The Yellow Wallpaper [1892 New England Magazine Edition]
PART II. THE YELLOW WALLPAPER: CULTURAL CONTEXTS
1. Conduct Literature and Motherhood Manuals
Catharine Beecher, From A Treatise on Domestic Economy
Susan Power, From The Ugly-Girl Papers
Julia and Annie Thomas, From Psycho-Physical Culture
Marion Harland, "What Shall We Do with the Mothers?"
Margaret E. Sangster, From Winsome Womanhood: Familiar Talks on Life and Conduct
Frances E. Willard, From How to Win: A Book for Girls
William Acton, From The Function and Disorder of the Reproductive Organs
2. Invalid Women
S. Weir Mitchell, From Wear and Tear, or Hints for the Overworked
S. Weir Mitchell, "Nervousness and Its Influence on Character"
S. Weir Mitchell, "The Evolution of the Rest Cure"
Prudence B. Sauer, From Maternity: A Book for Every Wife and Mother
John Harvey Kellogg, From The Household Monitor of Health
John Harvey Kellogg, From The Ladies' Guide in Health and Disease
Alfred Meadows, "Puerperal Mania"
Fordyce Barker, From The Puerperal Diseases
3. Sexuality, Race, and Social Control
1873 Comstock Law
Anthony Comstock, From Traps for the Young
Theodore Roosevelt, Address to the National Congress of Mothers, March, 1905
Edward Alsworth Ross, From "The Causes of Race Superiority"
George M. Beard, From American Nervousness
A. J. Bloch, From "Sexual Perversion in the Female"
Havelock Ellis, From "Sexual Inversion in Women"
Richard von Krafft-Ebing, From Psychopathia Sexualis
Lester Frank Ward, From Pure Sociology
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Parasitism and Civilised Vice"
4. Movements for Social Change
Angela Heywood, Selections from The Word
Edward Bellamy, From Looking Backward: 2000-1887
Thorstein Veblen, From The Theory of the Leisure Class
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, From Women and Economics
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Think Husbands Aren't Mainstays"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Dr. Clair's Place"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, From The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
5. Literary Responses and Literary Culture
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper?"
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, On the Reception of "The Yellow Wallpaper"
William Dean Howells, From Criticism and Fiction
Henry James, From The Notebooks
Alice James, From The Diary of Alice James
Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour