The Class of 1945 Library will host the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper”. from April 3, 2017 to May 13, 2017.
In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. 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 Wallpaper.” The exhibition Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper” explores the story behind Gilman’s indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.
The Library plans to host an evening talk in conjunction with this visit and will announce event details soon. The exhibit and the speaking event are free and open to the public. For more information please see our the NLM exhibit website, the Library’s exhibit guide or contact Beth Rohloff.
Want to read Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper”? The full short story is available on Internet Archive.