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The Yellow Wallpaper

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was first published in 1892 in New England Magazine and is considered to be Gilman’s best short story.  In the story an unnamed woman suffering from postpartum depression is confined to a room with yellow wallpaper to help her get better.  The woman is denied any physical or mental activity to stimulate her, and has no say in her treatment.  She begins to suffer from low self-esteem, sinking deeper into depression, madness, and despair, and becoming obsessed with the yellow wallpaper.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS1744 .G57

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bauer, Dale M. (ed.).  Charlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wallpaper. 1998.

                     Call Number: PS1744 .G57 Y45 1998b

  • Dock, Julie Bates (ed.).  Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-paper” and the History of its Publication and Reception: A Critical Edition and Documentary Casebook. 1998.

                      Call Number: PS1744 .G57 Y45 1998

  • Karpinski, Joanne B.  Critical Essays on Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 1992.

                      Call Number: PS1744 .G57 Z65 1992

  • Knight, Denise D.  Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Study of the Short Fiction. 1997.

                       Call Number: PS1744 .G57 Z734 1997

  • Lane, Ann J. (ed.).  The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader: The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Fiction. 1980.

                     Call Number: PS1744 .G57 A15 1980

LINNCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Yellow Wallpaper
  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins – Criticism and Interpretation
  • Short Stories, American

Reference Materials

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 3, pg. 1005

  • Masterplots II: Women’s Literature Series Call Number: REF PN471 .M37 1995

o   Vol. 6

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 1

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 13, pg. 118-19, 121-25, 128-41, 145, 147-62, 166, 168, 170-71, 175

  • Twentieth Century Literary Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN771 .G27

o   Vol. 9, pg. 101-03, 105-07, 110, 112, 115

o   Vol. 37, pg. 176-77, 188-95, 198-201, 205-07, 209-11, 213

Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

Copyright 2002

Valencia College East Campus Library

Last Revised on April 3, 2003

Prepared by Smiti Gandhi

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