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First published serially in Gilman's magazine The Forerunner from 1909-1910, What Diantha Did is the story of Diantha Bell, a young woman who leaves her home and her fiancé to start a housecleaning business. A resourceful heroine, Diantha quickly expands her business into an enterprise that includes a maid service, cooked food delivery service, a restaurant, and a hotel. By assigning a cash value to women's "invisible" work, providing a means for the well-being and moral uplift of working girls, and releasing middle-class and leisure-class women from the burden of conventional domestic chores, Diantha proves to her family and community the benefits of professionalized housekeeping. Charlotte Perkins Gilman is best known for "The Yellow Wallpaper," her famous 1892 tale of a woman's descent into madness, which is considered an important early work of American feminist literature due to its illustration of the attitudes toward the mental and physical health of women in the nineteenth century. What Diantha Did, Gilman's first novel, provides indispensable insight into Gilman's legacy of social thought.Show more
It's just a hideously papered room. At least, that's what everybody else thought. But when a woman suffering from a nervous condition is housed in the room, things begin to surface from the wallpaper. Things that seem familiar, but are best left quiet and undisturbed...Show more
A prominent sociologist, lecturer, and writer of the late nineteenth century, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s unorthodox concepts and lifestyle helped shape future generations of feminists. This audiobook includes her most enduring work, “The Yellow Wallpaper” as well as her 1913 article, “Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’” The Yellow Wallpaper Told as a series of secret diary entries, the story is about a young woman, confined to her room and denied all creative outlets, who gradually suffers a mental breakdown. Why I Wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” Originally published in an issue of the Forerunner, the article addresses the story behind “The Yellow Wallpaper,” revealing Gilman’s own experience with postpartum psychosis.Show more
Charlotte Perkins Gilman gained much of her fame with lectures on women's issues, ethics, labor, human rights, and social reform. She often referred to these themes in her fiction. She is best remembered for her 1892 short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," based on her own bout with severe depression and misguided medical treatment.Show more
First published in 1892, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's semi-autobiographical story The Yellow Wallpaper is her best known work. Written from the perspective of a woman suffering post-partum psychosis, it draws the listener into a world which is both terrifying and fascinating, where strange events occur and where even the wallpaper takes on a sinister and creepy significance. The narration and language are masterful, but it is the way the listener is invited to empathise and almost experience the mental illness first hand which make a lasting impression.Show more
Presented in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband (John) has rented an old mansion for the summer and the couple moves into the upstairs nursery. As a form of treatment, she is forbidden from working, but encouraged to eat well and get plenty of exercise and air, so she can recuperate from what he calls a temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency, a diagnosis common to women in that period. She hides her journal from her husband and his sister the housekeeper, fearful of being reproached for overworking herself. With nothing to stimulate her, she becomes obsessed by the pattern and color of the wallpaper, descending slowly into psychosis.Show more
Presented in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman (Jane) whose physician husband (John) has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of a house he has rented for the summer. She is forbidden from working and has to hide her journal from him, so she can recuperate from what he calls a "temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency," a diagnosis common to women in that period. The windows of the room are barred, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs, allowing her husband to control her access to the rest of the house.Show more
First published in 1892, The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It's an early work of feminist literature focused on a female protagonist and her relationship with husband John. A great work for studying and casual reading. This version of The Yellow Wallpaper has excellent narration and the highest quality of audio. All audio is engineered with careful attention to detail for your enjoyment of the story.Show more
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an early work of feminist literature exploring a woman’s descent into madness. First published as a serial work in an 1892 magazine, this short story is an early look into the views of female mental health. This story is told as a series of journal entries from a woman who is on forced rest as a treatment for hysteria following the birth of her child. As was common in the time, she is forbidden from any work or “strenuous” tasks, and is left to sit alone most of her days without mental stimulation, trapped in a room and a marriage that are not fulfilling her. The woman’s isolation and mental state cause her to believe that there is a woman stuck in the wallpaper of her room. This story is harrowing in its depictions of mental degradation, and is an impactful look at how the broad stroke “hysteria” diagnosis of the time oppressed women by not looking at their minds individually, and led to women being unable to express their needs and mental anguish properly. This is a tough look at how society once treated women, and a reminder of how far society has come since then.Show more
The story is a double play: is it the story of a woman going mad, or a woman possessed by something evil? We begin to suspect that the narrator’s apparently caring husband John, may not be as caring as she thinks. Is he trying to control her? We know that Charlotte was much concerned with the emancipation of women and them achieving financial independence, so is the character of John an echo of this? The horror in the story revolves around the Yellow Wallpaper and like many of us, she sees to have seen patterns in the abstract wallpaper that eventually evolve into characters. She ultimately can enter the wallpaper and more disturbingly, the woman from the wallpaper can come out into her room. The bizarreness of the crouching, creeping figures serves to unnerve the reader.Show more
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