352:338 American Literature of the 19th Century
Ehrlich, January 30, 2009

Next week, in connection with our study of "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Bedford Critical Edition), for Wednesday, February 4, read the story itself and the explanation, "Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper . Be prepared the same day to sign up for one (1) of the topic groups below. Your discussion will be due Friday, February 6 in an essay of 2-4 pages.

A. Woman as Invalid: pp 133, 142, 144

B. Sexuality in Women: pp 203, 236, 247, 259

C. Change and reform: pp 317, 325, 327, 334

D. Literary responses: pp 352, 362, 364, 366

How does the set of background readings you select enlarge our understanding of the story by providing a background and historicized context for it? Although you should consider all the readings in the topic you select,please do not attempt to consider them all as though they are of equal significance. Which seems most important in explaining how and why the story works? Please focus your paper on a single point or insight -- do not merely provide a summary or paraphrase of your reading. Support you case with short selected quotations from both the story and the background readings.

The class on Friday will consist in part of short oral reports (2-3 minutes). You may volunteer to give a report -- or you may be called on at random.
352:338 American Literature of the 19th Century
Ehrlich, January 30, 2009

Next week, in connection with our study of "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Bedford Critical Edition), for Wednesday, February 4, read the story itself and the explanation, "Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper . Be prepared the same day to sign up for one (1) of the topic groups below. Your discussion will be due Friday, February 6 in an essay of 2-4 pages.

A. Woman as Invalid: pp 133, 142, 144

B. Sexuality in Women: pp 203, 236, 247, 259

C. Change and reform: pp 317, 325, 327, 334

D. Literary responses: pp 352, 362, 364, 366

How does the set of background readings you select enlarge our understanding of the story by providing a background and historicized context for it? Although you should consider all the readings in the topic you select,please do not attempt to consider them all as though they are of equal significance. Which seems most important in explaining how and why the story works? Please focus your paper on a single point or insight -- do not merely provide a summary or paraphrase of your reading. Support you case with short selected quotations from both the story and the background readings.

The class on Friday will consist in part of short oral reports (2-3 minutes). You may volunteer to give a report -- or you may be called on at random.