8. Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Feminist Tradition of the American Short Story

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Martha J. Cutter Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch8

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Cutter, M. J. (2010) Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Feminist Tradition of the American Short Story, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910

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Keywords:

  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the feminist tradition of the American Short Story;
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1860–1935 - placing her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”;
  • American Women's Feminist Short Story - Writing at the Turn of the Century;
  • “The Revolt of ‘Mother’” (1890) - Mary Wilkins Freeman (1852–1930) portraying a “good” domestic saint in her main character Sarah Penn;
  • women from other ethnic groups - how race impacts struggle for self-definition and voice;
  • “Its Wavering Image,” a young mixed-race woman - Pan tricked by her white boyfriend into revealing rituals of Chinese community;
  • problem of feminine voice - Gilman's “The Yellow Wallpaper”;
  • writing a cure for women's silencing - Gilman's later short fictions

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • American Women's Feminist Short Story Writing at the Turn of the Century

  • The Problem of Feminine Voice: Gilman's “The Yellow Wallpaper”

  • Writing a Cure for Women's Silencing: Gilman's Later Short Fictions

  • Carrying Forward the Tradition of Protest: Contemporary Feminist American Short Story Writers

  • References and Further Reading