The Yellow Wallpaper And Other Writings

The Yellow Wallpaper And Other Writings

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Known primarily for her classic and haunting story "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an enormously influential American feminist and sociologist. Her early-twentieth-century writings continue to inspire writers and activists today. This collection includes selections from both her fiction and nonfiction work.

In addition to the title story, there are seven short stories collected here that combine humor, anger, and startling vision to suggest how women's "place" in society should be changed to benefit all. The nonfiction selections are from Gilman's The Man-Made World: Our Androcentric Culture and her masterpiece, Women And Economics , which was translated into seven languages and established her international reputation as a theorist.

Also included in a delightful excerpt from Gilman's utopian novel, Herland , an acidly funny tale about three American male explorers who stumble into an all-female society and begin their odyssey by insisting, "This is a civilized country . . . there must be men." Gilman's analyses of economic and women's issues are as incisive and relevant today as they were upon their original publication. This volume is an unprecedented opportunity to rediscover a powerful American writer.
Publisher: New York : N.Y. Bantam Books, 1989.
ISBN: 9780553213751
055321375X
Characteristics: xxvii, 240 p. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Lynne Sharon

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KRockstar10 Apr 26, 2013

This short story had a profoundly negative effect on me. I still can't think about it without getting an anxious feeling in my stomach. Watching this woman go through her terrible mental breakdown was bad enough; the ending was more than I could handle. Just the image of her "creeping" around the edges of the room, over her husband...*shudder*. The edition I read came with illustrations, which did not help me feel any better about it. I understand the purpose of this text and Gilman was certainly a very talented writer but she really gives me the heebie jeebies

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rhiaforever
Aug 01, 2012

The Yellow Wallpaper, the narrator faces the autonomous nature of men and the patriarchal notion that defines marital responsibility. In order to liberate herself from the expectations of society, she has to break herself. This short story is well-written that I truly enjoyed seeing her go insane. Although, she is crazy to begin with, her insanity manifested to full bloom that she couldn't recognize her own shadow.

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