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The Pedagogical Wallpaper

Teaching Charlotte Perkins Gilman's «The Yellow Wall-paper»

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s «The Yellow Wall-paper» is one of the most frequently taught short stories in secondary and college classrooms around the world. What is especially unusual about the text is the large variety of academic contexts in which the story is included. The Pedagogical Wallpaper provides educators, students, and researchers with accessible and practical approaches to the story, with an emphasis on the text as a tool for teaching. The classroom contexts address women’s studies, freshman composition, literary theory, philosophy, and genre studies. In addition, the text details how to make use of a MOO space to allow students to engage directly with Gilman’s story through the use of computer mediation.
Contents: Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock: Introduction: The Pedagogical Imperative: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s «The Yellow Wall-paper» – Debra K. Peterson: A Room with a View: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s «The Yellow Wall-paper» and the Use of MOO Spaces – Joanne B. Karpinski: «I will follow that pointless pattern»: A Formalist Approach to «The Yellow Wall-paper» – Jonathan Crewe: Queering «The Yellow Wall-paper»: A Pedagogic View – Robyn Shaw: Teaching «The Yellow Wall-paper» and Existentialism in the Classroom – Jim O’Loughlin: Teaching Genre Through «The Yellow Wall-paper» – Marjean D. Purinton: Reading Marital Relationships: The Wallpaper in A Room of One’s Own – Paul Reifenheiser: Interpretive Bondage: Reader Response, Authorial Intention, and Gilman’s «The Yellow Wall-paper» – Janet Gebhart Auten: Helping Students Decode the Difficult Text: «The Yellow Wall-paper» and the Sequential Response – Gina Wisker: Breakdown, Breakthrough, or Brainwash? A Dialogic Approach to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s «The Yellow Wall-paper».