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The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper": Home

Lavery Library Lower Level Gallery, January 20 - February 25, 2012,


Lavery Library
Lower Level Gallery
January 20 - February 25, 2012

Panel Discussion:
January 26
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Stephen Brauer, Professor of English
Timothy Madigan, Professor of Philosophy
Deborah Uman, Professor of English

MJ Iuppa, Arts Program Director

Open to the public
Light refreshments will be served

The Literature of Prescription Traveling Exhibit

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 Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women's professional and creative opportunities.

Literature of Prescription Information

This exhibit is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For more information about "The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper" traveling exhibit, visit the exhibit website. 

Charlotte Perkins at age fourteen, 1874

 Charlotte Perkins at 14

Courtesy Schlesinger Library
Radcliffe Institute,
Harvard University

Contact Informatin

For more information, please contact Nancy Greco at 585-385-8139 or