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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wall-Paper : A Sourcebook and Critical Edition - Catherine J. Golden

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wall-Paper

A Sourcebook and Critical Edition

By: Catherine J. Golden (Editor)

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Published: 26th August 2004
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In 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published her landmark work, The Yellow Wall-Paper, generating spirited debates in literary and political circles on both sides of the Atlantic. Today this story of a young wife and mother succumbing to madness is hailed both as a feminist classic and a key text in the American literary canon.
This sourcebook combines extracts from contemporary documents and critical reviews with incisive commentary, providing:


  • an introduction to the political, biographical and medical contexts in which Gilman was writing

  • a publishing and critical history of the work with extracts from the earliest reviews through to recent criticism

  • a chronology of key biographical and contextual events

  • an annotated guide to further reading

  • original illustrations and photographs of the author and figures related to the story.

The volume also constitutes an important critical edition, reprinting the complete original text as published in the New England Magazine in 1892, with extensive commentary.

'A well-conceived, comprehensive, and useful volume that strikes a proper balance between historical contextualization, contemporary criticism, and annotation for the student reader. It will become the most ambitious and inclusive edition on The Yellow Wall-Paper to date.' - Denise D. Knight, State University of New York at Cortland

' With its attention to primary materials, [this] sourcebook is a valuable resource for college and university teaching' - Elke Kinkel, European Journal of English Studies

From letter to Martha Luther Lane, 1890p. 26
Letter to Horace E. Scudder, 1890p. 27
Letter to Charlotte Perkins Stetson, 1890p. 27
"The tell-tale heart"p. 28
From The diary of Alice Jamesp. 32
"Through this"p. 34
"The story of an hour"p. 37
From In this our worldp. 39
"Why I wrote 'The yellow wallpaper'?"p. 45
From The living of Charlotte Perkins Gilmanp. 47
From The American woman's homep. 52
From Hints on household taste : the classic handbook of Victorian interior decorationp. 55
From What a young husband ought to knowp. 57
From Sex in education; or, a fair chance for the girlsp. 57
From The puerperal diseases : clinical lectures delivered at Bellevue Hospitalp. 59
From Fat and blood : and how to make them and Doctor and patientp. 61
Selected reviews of "The yellow wall-paper"p. 81
Initial two reviews in Boston Evening Transcript, 1892p. 81
"The yellow wall paper"p. 82
"New books and those who make them"p. 83
A question of 'nerves'p. 83
"Literary notices : the yellow wall paper"p. 83
"Books : light and serious stories"p. 84
"Minor fiction"p. 85
"The yellow wall paper"p. 85
"Brief reviews"p. 85
"New books in brief review"p. 85
From "Introduction," The great modern American stories, an anthologyp. 86
From "Afterword" to The yellow wallpaperp. 88
From The madwoman in the atticp. 91
From "A map for rereading"p. 92
From "An unnecessary maze of sign reading"p. 94
From "Monumental feminism and literature's ancestral house : another look at 'The yellow wallpaper'"p. 96
From "Introduction," The gold standard and the logic of naturalism : American literature at the turn of the centuryp. 99
From "The writing of 'The yellow wallpaper' : a double palimpsest"p. 101
From "Feminist criticism, 'The yellow wallpaper,' and the politics of color in America"p. 105
From American nervousness, 1903 : an anecdotal historyp. 108
From "Queering The yellow wallpaper? : Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the politics of form"p. 111
From "Overwriting decadence : Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Oscar Wilde, and the feminization of art in 'The yellow wall-paper'"p. 114
From "Gilman's arabesque wallpaper"p. 117
From "The use of audiovisual material as an aid in teaching 'The yellow wall-paper'"p. 121
The yellow wall-paperp. 131
Books on Gilman's oeuvrep. 161
Companion pieces by Gilmanp. 161
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ISBN: 9780415263573
ISBN-10: 0415263573
Series: Routledge Guides To Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 26th August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated