Literature of Prescription Exhibit on now at Bata Library

The Trent University Library & Archives presents an exhibit on Charlotte Perkins Gilman, entitled " The Literature of Prescription" . The exhibit is located in the Bata Library Atrium and will be on display until January 21st, 2017. We invite students and faculty to drop by to see the displays and see some of the books about Gilman available in Bata Library, including Gilman's famous short story.

In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. 

Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her mental health, rejected these ideas in a short story entitled " The Yellow Wall-Paper". The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women's professional and creative opportunities.

The exhibit is open during library hours and continues until January 21. All are welcome.

For more information about this exhibit, please visit the National Library of Medicine website or contact: 

Loretta Durst, Manager Administration & Communication, Bata Library.


This exhibition was developed and produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.


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