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TBRCL is partnering with Largo Public Library to host the Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Yellow Wall-Paper". This guide provides information about the exhibit and related resources.


In the late 19th 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 health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “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.

This exhibit is part of the National Library of Medicine's Exhibition Program.

Find about more about this exhibit here

Where can I find the content?

The physical exhibit is being hosted at our local partner, the Largo Public Library, in their gallery space from March 1st-29th. You can pay them a visit in person at 120 Central Park Drive just south of East Bay Drive in Largo, FL. The exhibit will be displayed on NSU's Tampa Bay Campus from March 29th-April 4th in the Library's Collaboration Room (3506). 

There is a complementary book display showcased at the Tampa Bay Regional Campus Library second floor circulation desk, which will be available throughout the exhibit's duration. 

Finally, this library guide provides further reading, resources, and recommended book lists. 

The Exhibit

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