Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: Literature and the Psychology of Change

Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: Literature and the Psychology of Changea panel discussion moderated by Rose Yndigoyen,
editor of Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness

20 October, 7PM

Teachers College Milbank Chapel, Columbia University

Charlotte Perkins Gilman published “The Yellow Wallpaper” in 1892, exposing the realities behind the (mis)treatment of women’s mental health issues through the infamous “rest cure.” In doing so, Gilman not only opened a dialogue on the medical, social, and emotional treatment of women in society, but eventually effected change on how women’s mental health was treated. A collaboration between Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness, an anthology from New Lit Salon Press, and the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project at Teachers College, Columbia continues the efforts set forth by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in a panel discussion titled Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: Literature and the Psychology of Change, moderated by Behind the Yellow Wallpaper editor Rose Yndigoyen. The panel will consist of select Behind the Yellow Wallpaper contributors along with artist and psychoanalyst Steven Poser from the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. The discussion will focus on how literature impacts our understanding and view of madness: its causes; treatments; compassions; and the vital role psychology plays in effecting change.

The event kicks off the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project’s Fall Into Madness Series.

Behind the Yellow Wallpaper contributors include R Crawford, Laura Hartenberger, Vivian Papp, Loreal Prystaj, and Colleen Quinn.

The event is free and open to everyone. You can RSVP on Facebook.

Additional information is available at swgproject.org.

Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness is available as an eBook for: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play. A Print edition is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books A Million.


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Rose Yndigoyen is the editor of Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness (NLSP 2014). In addition, she is a freelance writer and archivist in New York City. She has written for the websites AfterEllen and Biographile and examines queer and feminist issues in pop culture on her blog, The Ladyist. She is a co-creator and co-host of the podcast Pretty Little Recaps. Rose was a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow, and is hard at work on her first novel, a queer young adult love story. Rose lives with her wife in northern Manhattan. They are proud foster parents.


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Steven Poser, Ph.D. has been practicing psychoanalysis in Greenwich Village for 20 years. He was a clinical intern at a large state mental hospital from 1994-6. Since 2001, he has been a faculty member, training analyst, supervisor, and member of the research committee at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies in New York. He has been a member of the weekly psychotherapy conference of the Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital since 2014. Dr. Poser is the author of The Misfit, a psychological study of Marilyn Monroe and her treatment relationship with her analyst Ralph Greenson. The book, electronically published in 2011, is a bestseller on Amazon and has been translated into two languages. He has published several psychoanalytic papers and reviews on the treatment of psychotic patients in a psychoanalytic setting and has a special interest in the phenomenology and psychoanalytic treatment of schizophrenia.