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March 5, 2009

Thoughts on "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Gilbert and Gubar's essay on The Yellow Wallpaper goes on in great detail about the status of female authors prior to the 20th century. The essay mentions many works from these bygone eras, however, from a contemporary or post-modern perspective, it is all really been heard before...many times over. The plight of pre-20th century women in terms of familial heirarchy and whatever other power structure has been well documented, not to mention, remedied. The redundancy of this topic made it all the more difficult to get anything overtly interesting from this essay, however I felt that Gilbert and Gubar's mention of symbolic confinement was something worth studying further--albeit without drifting too far into a feminist diatribe.

Posted by QuinnKerno at March 5, 2009 3:33 PM


I too found the confinement symbolism was the most interesting part of the essay. I felt like I had heard a lot about the other information. However, confinement seen throughout the history of female writing is different and an interesting point.

Posted by: Bethany Merryman at March 5, 2009 4:37 PM

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