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When Charlotte Perkins Gilman published “The Yellow Wallpaper” in 1892, she opened a dialogue on the medical, social, and emotional treatment of women in society. Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness, the new anthology from Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness, continues the dialogue started by Gilman in an event with the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL).
Moderated by 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow Rose Yndigoyen, NLSP and the NYPL present a panel discussion titled “Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: Women and Madness in Literature.” The panel will consist of Behind the Yellow Wallpaper authors R. Crawford, Traci Orsi, Vivian Papp, Colleen Quinn, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, and the artist for the anthology Loreal Prystaj. Discussion will center around Gilman’s story, its influence on the work in Behind the Yellow Wallpaper, as well as other works on the theme. “There are many other cultural references, both high and low, from Ophelia to Sybil,” explains Yndigoyen. “We will talk about how the stories in Behind the Yellow Wallpaper respond to or push back against (or reinforce) the tropes of female madness in literature.”
The discussion will be held the afternoon of July 19th from 2 to 4 PM at the Jefferson Market Library located at 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011. For more information on this event please visit here.
Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness, edited by Rose Yndigoyen with art by Loreal Prystaj, is available as an eBook from all major digital retailers and in a print edition from Amazon.com.