By Julie Bates Dock
Since its book in 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper" has regularly been well-known as a robust assertion in regards to the victimization of a lady whose neurasthenic situation is totally misdiagnosed, mistreated, and misunderstood, leaving her to stand madness on my own, as a prisoner in her personal bed room. by no means earlier than, notwithstanding, has the tale itself been portrayed as victimized.
In this primary serious version of Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-paper," followed via modern stories and formerly unpublished letters, Julie Bates Dock examines some of the myth-frames which have been used to legitimize Gilman's tale. The editor discusses how glossy feminist critics' readings (and misreadings) of the on hand files uphold a suite of legends that originated with Gilman herself and that promulgate a nearly saintly view of the pioneering feminist writer. The files made on hand within the assortment let students and scholars to guage firsthand Gilman's claims concerning the story's impression on its first audiences.
Dock provides an authoritative textual content of "The Yellow Wall-paper" for the 1st time seeing that its preliminary booklet. integrated are a textual remark, complete descriptions of all proper texts, lists of editorial emendations and pre-copy-text major variations, an entire old collation that records all of the variations present in vital versions after 1892, and an inventory of textual assets for a couple of hundred reprintings of the tale in anthologies and textbooks.
Other records within the casebook that remove darkness from the story's ebook and reception histories comprise Gilman's successive and ranging bills of the story's heritage, her diary and manuscript log entries and letters concerning the tale, W. D. Howells's correspondence with Gilman and Horace Scudder, editor of The Atlantic Monthly, and his feedback at the tale whilst he reprinted it in Great American brief Stories, and greater than dozen stories of the tale by way of Gilman's contemporaries.
Taken jointly, the feedback, textual content, records, and annotations represent a wealthy and worthy contribution to Gilman scholarship, calling into query the feminist literary feedback that has helped to form interpretations of a literary masterpiece.
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