Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist and a creative writer who wrote a compelling short story entitled The Yellow Wallpaper. Originally published in The New England Magazine in under her maiden name Stetson; feminism, individuality and symbolism are brought to the forefront thus taking the reader through the process of mental breakdown due to societal oppression and a paternalistic culture. Everything is filtered through her changing consciousness, yet the ambiguity allows one to decipher its many meanings.
A site dedicated to Charlotte Perkins Gilmanprominent American short story and non-fiction writer, novelist, commercial artist, lecturer and feminist social reformer, and her life, her works, and her contemporaries.
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Introduction Sincenumerous books and articles have been written about the life and work of Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman, many of them centering around the short novella The Yellow Wallpaper.
Largely ignored and out of print for over fifty years--the story had last been published in by William Dean Howells in The Great Modern American Stories: An Anthology Shumaker --this piece was reprinted in by the Feminist Press and almost immediately hailed as a feminist classic of the nineteenth-century Lane Since then, other interpretations have evolved, some of which I will examine in this paper in an attempt to separate the "author's purpose" from "literary interpretation" by critics.
I will also address the following question: I propose that, as readers and critics, we may be coming perilously close to losing sight of why Gilman wrote The Yellow Wallpaper in the first place, and I will cite a sampling of readers and literary critics to show how this progression has occurred: HedgesVivian GornickJean E.
KennardConrad Shumakerand Susan S.
These authors are not necessarily the definitive word on The Yellow Wallpaper, nor are their interpretations necessarily "incorrect. Interestingly enough, I first read The Yellow Wallpaper from a historical perspective in an undergraduate American history class: However, years and many articles later, I can see clearly how Gilman might be viewed in a historical context as an important social reformer with communist leanings, although her works on economics and socialism might have been better reading choices for that history course.
Still, the novella made a significant impression on me, enough that I have read some of her non-fiction works on my own.
Certainly, The Yellow Wallpaper is Gilman's best and most significant work.
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist and a creative writer who wrote a compelling short story entitled The Yellow Wallpaper. Indeed, “The Yellow Wallpaper” draws heavily on a particularly painful episode in Gilman’s own life. In , early in her first marriage and not long after the birth of her daughter, Charlotte Perkins Stetson (as she was then known) was stricken with a severe case of depression.
The Yellow Wallpaper study guide contains a biography of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
"The Yellow Wallpaper" (original title: "The Yellow Wall-paper. A Story") is a short story by American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January in The New England Magazine.
It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, due to its illustration of the attitudes towards mental and physical health of women in the 19th century. Charlotte Gilman’s Yellow Wallpaper: Summary The Yellow Wallpaper – A Descent into Madness In the nineteenth century, women in literature were often portrayed as submissive to men.
Literature of the period often characterized women as oppressed by society, as well as by the male influences in .