“The Yellow Wallpaper” – Consider how “The Yellow Wallpaper” alludes to the “rest cure.” Explain the “rest cure” and how “The Yellow Wallpaper” relates to women’s illness in the late 19th century.
Thesis Statement The Yellow Wallpaper
The “The Yellow Wallpaper” highlights that women’s creativity and intellectualism were perceived as a mental illness in the 19th century and ‘rest cure’ in fact was an approach to suffocate the intellectual inclinations of the women under the hideout of cure of mental illness.
Knott, Jonathan C, et al. “Management of Mental Health Patients Attending Victorian Emergency Departments.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 41.9 (2007): 759-67. Print.
The article reviews the procedure of presentations and treatment to the patients in the Victorian Hospitals’ emergency department. The article identifies different variations in the demographics, management, and presentation of the mental health patients in the different Victorian emergency departments. The article also emphasizes the need for working with patients and carers to provide optimal illness management. I will utilize the article’s findings in evaluating mental health management practices. It will help me to determine the alternative and more effective options to mental cure than the ‘rest cure’. It will also help me in evaluating the effectiveness of different mental health management practices.
Schatz, Stephanie L. “Lewis Carroll’s Dream-Child and Victorian Child Psychopathology.” Journal of the History of Ideas 76.1 (2015): 93-114. Print.The article analyzes the imagination and fascination of dream child in the Victorian era and relates it to the mental stability and psychical well-being of the children. The article uses Crichton-Browne’s essay as the critical reference to the mental stability of the children and the pernicious effects of the imagination on children. I will utilize the article to critique the relationship of mental imagination and fascination and intellectual activity with mental health and how the intellectualism was perceived as the mental disease in the Victorian era. The medical assertions and psychiatric evaluations of intellectualism and ability of imagination were perceived negatively and pernicious in the Victorian era.
Jenkins, Alice. “Mathematics and Mental Health in Early Nineteenth-Century England.” BSHM Bulletin 25.2 (2010): 92-103. Print.
The article highlights that mathematical reasoning and mathematical approach was of critical nature in the Victorian era. The mathematical approach was considered as the primary reflector of mental ability. The article will facilitate my understanding of how mental ability was based on mathematical and intellectual abilities. The comparison of intellectualism and mathematical reasoning in highlighting the mental stability and performance will be guided by the article’s analysis. The article will also help me in determining how women’s illness was perceived in the 19th century as women were stereotyped as less logical and rational than their male counterparts. The women’s creativity and intellectual abilities were labeled as the mental disability and rest cure was used to confine and suffocate their creativity.
Janes, Dominic. “Oscar Wilde, Sodomy, and Mental Illness in Late Victorian England.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 23.1 (2014): 79-95. Print.
The article provides a contextualization of the Oscar Wilde and his sexual history with respect to the understanding and perception of sodomy in late Victorian England. The article highlights how sexual explorations and homosexuality was labeled as Sodomy and hence was considered a mental illness. The article is of primary importance in understanding sexuality and its relation to the mental illness in Victorian England. Labeling, stigmatization and stereotyping of the artists and intellectualism along with their sexuality is well narrated and documented in the article which will provide me guidance to write the research paper.
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