In her nonfiction work Women and Economics (1898), Gilman argues that men and women are more similar than different, and that women should have the same social and economic freedoms as men, including the right to work.
In The Treatment of Certain Forms of Neurasthenia and Hysteria (1887), Dr. S. Weir Mitchell explains his treatment of nervous prostration in women. He advocates a “rest-cure,” or complete bed rest, believing that intellectual, literary, and artistic pursuits are destructive to women’s mental health.
The Madwomen in the Attic (1979), by Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert, examines the ways in which 19th-century women writers, including Gilman and Charlotte Bronte, expressed forbidden emotions in their works.
A short film adaptation of “The Yellow Wallpaper” was produced in 1977 by Marie Ashton, and is available on videotape through Women Make Movies. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was also adapted as a television film, produced by the British Broadcasting Company for its series Masterpiece Theatre in 1989. It was adapted by Maggie Wadey and directed by John Clive.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” appeared as an audio book in 1997. Read by Win Phillips, it was produced by Durkin Hayes.