Talk on Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper”


Please join us in Rockefeller Hall on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. for A Woman’s Place Is In The Walls: Gender and Imprisonment in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, a talk by Dr. Courtney Marshall to accompany our exhibit Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of an unnamed woman who is sent to a country home for rest and forced solitude in order to cure her of a nervous condition.  While there she imagines that there are women trapped in the bedroom’s yellow wallpaper.  In this talk, Dr. Marshall will discuss the nineteenth century’s “cult of true womanhood” and Gilman’s use of the wallpaper to symbolize the horror of domestic space.

The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to the public.  The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. It will be on display in Rockefeller Hall from April 3rd – May 13th.

For more information regarding the exhibit and talk, see our guide.