The Captive Imagination

The Captive Imagination


Edited by Catherine J. Golden
A Casebook on The Yellow Wallpaper

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ISBN: 9781558610484
Publication Date: 02-01-1992

This extraordinary casebook by a leading Gilman scholar brings together one hundred years of critical discussion on the feminist classic The Yellow Wallpaper, providing crucial historical background and rich interpretations of this complex and compelling work.

From the uneasy ambivalence of William Dean Howells to the feminist accolades of the 1970s and 1980s, and from semiotics to the history of women's health care, this edition brings together writings from a broad range of disciplines.

"The Feminist Press critical edition of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wall-paper includes ample material for a rich dialogue on many questions: the position of women in society both 100 years ago and today; the relationship between biography and fiction; changing psychological theories about women and madness; the creative process; writing as therapy; the uses of language; and the complexities of literary criticism. Such a dialogue will make a strong case for literary study as an avenue to cultural understanding." —Mary Anne Ferguson, editor of Images of Women in Literature

"The terrors of a woman's life that Gilman hauntingly exposed caused editors to refuse to publish it when she wrote it but are the very qualities for which the story is today cherished and valued. This is a splendid collection—another triumph for the Feminist Press." —Ann J. Lane, author of To Herland and Beyond: The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman