University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Sickness and Contamination in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” looks at feminism through the lens of nineteenth-century medical practices and how both Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Stephen Crane used them to argue against social standards for women. Most women during this time were seen as mentally ill or sick because they were in fact women. However, sexually active women were seen as even more sickly. Gilman in particular exposes sexism within the medical practice, and Crane builds on that by exposing sexism towards sexually active women through the idea of contamination. This paper refers to research concerning both Gilman and Crane, but also to common nineteenth-century medical treatment and diagnosis to demonstrate its argument.
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B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, -- 1860-1935 -- Criticism and interpretation; Crane, Stephen, -- 1871-1900 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English Language and Literature
Callahan, Abigail, "Sickness and contamination in The yellow wallpaper and Maggie: a girl of the streets" (2018). Honors Theses.