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Wednesday, April 17 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm
“She crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over”: The Dissociative Self in The Yellow Wall-Paper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, The Yellow Wall-Paper, portrays mental illness in the 19th century. Specifically, Gilman aims to reflect on her own experience with what today we would call Postpartum Depression. Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wall-Paper depicts the journal entries of a young woman who is experiencing mental health disturbances, which were categorized as “temporary nervous depression” or a “slight hysterical tendency” by her physician husband (648). Through ”Jane’s” first-person narrative, the reader begins to note how the severity of her condition increases, until the climactic end where her husband finds her in complete disarray exhibiting behaviors of an alternate personality. Through Gilman’s female protagonist “Jane,” she illustrates the lack of mental health care for women, specifically postpartum depression and dissociative personality disorder, as a source for further patriarchal dominance of her society.


Wednesday April 17, 2019 2:00pm - 2:15pm
RIC 120
  • Moderator Nancy Marck