ENGC54H3 Lecture Notes - The Yellow Wallpaper, Blank Page, Unconscious Mind

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The Longman Anthology of Women’s Literature Stories Notes
A Room of One’s Own by Wolf
Wolf argues that women and fiction remain two unsolved problems
Wolf say that for a women to write she needs a room and money
Wolf goes to a party and then describes her surroundings
In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens by Walker
The story is about all the black female writer whose literary work has gone unnoticed
Phillis Wheatley-a poet who was rescued from Africa, because she used her poetry skill
she was thrusted into the world of slavery and that lead her to losing her health
She penniless, friendless, and freedom less and had to work even in bad health for several
children
Her poetry and singing voice was ignored by the dominating white class
Reference to Virginia Wolf’ A Room of One Own pg 329
Gardening is linked to being a writer
The author describes that her mother real artistic side used to come when she used plant
or do gardening
Talking Back by Hooks
Its about the author herself of how she describes that she was discourages to talk back
because she was a girl
Having a speech is suitable for a boy yet for a girl was a way to get punishment in return
The idea of suppressing the women’s speech
In the world of women she found a speech for herself not in the world of men
Holding onto your speech or your writing pushes you into the world of silence and
secrecy
The talk for a girl itself is form of silence since the way boys and girls are taught is
different
The author calls upon those women who have been criticized heavily for their writing to
break out of the shell of defeat and to come forward and resist the political domination
again and again until the system changes its way
A Journey by Wharton
The story is about a couple who are in a journey where the wife is travelling to get her
husband health back in shape
The wife narrates her marriage life and how because of her husband illness she has
missed on most of the good moments of her wedding
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She can’t describe as to whether she feels loves for him, sympathy for him or does she
feel angry over the fact that because of him her life is scattered
In a way she says that his illness came upon her and that’s why life seems so bitter her
now, because she feels misery all around her
The husband is described as a body who is only breathing other than that there is no other
movement
The journey is toward New York and the wife almost wishes that her husband gets well
so she can enjoy the New York city enthusiasm, because his illness puts a strain on her
happiness
Its almost wishing that her husband wouldn’t exist with her once she reached New York
She has allusion about her future plans for next year and is ignoring that her husband may
not even live
She convinces herself that once they reach home, she will begin to see him as the man
she was when she first married him
Idea of home being the comfort place
The wife finds out that her husband is dead yet she is more concerned on how she will
look with a dead body with her
She feels sympathy for herself once her husband dies as she feels that her husband has
suddenly has become a burden that she wants to get rid of
In a way when you read the story you almost feel that the wife is the one who killed her
husband and that she is trying to hide her crime
No-Name Woman by Kingston
The story is about a girl whose mother tells her the story of her aunt had given birth to a
child of another man, and not her husband and how she had jumped into the well and had
committed suicide
The mother warns the girls as that she shouldn’t bring shame to the family like her aunt
The mother says not to mention the aunt names as it will bring memories back
The notion of no-name woman- the idea of something being so dreadful that its bad to
give it a name
The story is about warning, of not following the same path and how history can repeat
itself
The story is told about a Chinese woman
The aunt ghost haunts the girl, and the girl dedicates her story to her aunt
The aunt gave birth to baby girl and killed the baby too with herself as she believed that if
it was a boy it would be forgiven
What actually killed the aunt was the family neglecting her and speaking to her as if she
was never born
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The aunt only exists in the girl life through the form of a story other than that the aunt
just seems like a character of a book
The aunt has no identity of herself not even through the form of a name
Forbidden Sex-the aunt never mentions the name of the father of the child
The Yellow Wallpaper by Gilman
The narrator describes her story of her and her husband John
John is described as person who is very practical
The narrator says that her husband doesn’t believe that she is sick yet ironically other
people believe that she is sick and she shouldn’t work
The narrator herself disagrees and wants to work, because she thinks that will bring
change, yet she still follows the advice of the physicians when it comes to not working
She is agree and disagree at the same topic at the same time...change of mind
Idea that ignorance is bliss she doesn’t want to write about gloomy things because it will
upset her mood
The imagery and the wallpaper is associated with sin
The author describes herself to be suffering and believes herself to be nervous about life
Her fancies is describes as her weakness, in other sense her own imagination is being
stopped by her husband
Out of nowhere is the mention of a baby
John calls her little girl in pg 269
John and his wife share a more father-child type relationship
The daughter seems to be more authoritative than her mom, because she gets mad when
her mom questions her about the yellow wallpaper
The yellow wallpaper is believed to be changing colours
Seventeen Syllables by Yamamoto
Rosie the main character in the beginning of the story finds out that her mother has taken
a fancy to writing poetry
Her mother doesn’t English much, so she writes in Japanese- her stories
Haiku- a poem which in all meanings are packed in seventeen syllables
The mother and father share a dysfunctional relationship
Jesus the character who likes Rosie- reference to the Son of God
In the end Rosie mother makes her promise to never marry and its also revealed that
Rosie has a half brother
In the end its almost as if Rosie wants to get rid of her mother
Rosie father is given the hint that he doesn’t like his wife obsession with writing
Rosie mother narrates her own life story almost as if she has memorized it by heart and
that she is retelling it to someone as a story

Document Summary

The longman anthology of women"s literature stories notes. Wolf argues that women and fiction remain two unsolved problems. Wolf say that for a women to write she needs a room and money. Wolf goes to a party and then describes her surroundings. In search of our mother"s gardens by walker. The story is about all the black female writer whose literary work has gone unnoticed. Phillis wheatley-a poet who was rescued from africa, because she used her poetry skill she was thrusted into the world of slavery and that lead her to losing her health. She penniless, friendless, and freedom less and had to work even in bad health for several children. Her poetry and singing voice was ignored by the dominating white class. Reference to virginia wolf" a room of one own pg 329. The author describes that her mother real artistic side used to come when she used plant.