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The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper"

Booth Library, EIU, Natinoal Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Exhibit Dates

Exhibit on display at Booth Library September 23 - November 2, 2013

About the Exhibit

During a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled "The Yellow Wall-Paper." The exhibition Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper" explores the story behind Gilman's indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women's professional and creative opportunities.The traveling portion of the exhibit was produced by the Exhibition Program of the National Library of Medicine.