February 26, 2007

All About the Women

Gilbert and Gubar, ''The Yellow Wallpaper'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"As if to comment on the unity of all these points - on, that is, the anxiety-inducing conncections between what women writers tend to see as their parallel confinements in texts, housesm and maternal female bodies - Charolette Perkins Gilman brought them all together in 1890 .... "

Gilbert and Gubar brought up interesting connections between works of the 19th century writers and their gender. They pointed out the way that women tend to show their imprisionment and their
plan to escape. They also lightly brushed the way that men portray their need for freedom.

(the guys in our class, i can guarantee, will hate this essay)

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 26, 2007 1:11 PM | TrackBack

I didn't hate the essay because I have always viewed the Wallpaper in the context of a prison, so Gilbert and Gubar really restated the way I have always felt about the story. I do not deny that female authors had to overcome senseless and immense obstacles to gain any recognition at all.

Posted by: Dave Moio at February 28, 2007 9:02 PM

I didn't hate the essay. I was bothered by how the essay, at least for me, didn't bring anything new to the table. I read as a rehashing of old wounds, and as a means to show what had happened which is why we're now screaming at you. I thought the essay was odd to be placed in this particular topic. I'm guessing that the relevance would have been seen in earlier eras possibly, but to look at these in this form. I don't know. I didn't hate it, maybe a little annoyed, but not hate.

Posted by: Mitchell Steele at March 1, 2007 3:21 PM
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