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Womens Literary Expression in America Women offer a needed different perspective from mens writing Women authors offer a voice for women that couldnt be heard for many years Specific authors like Sylvia Plath and Toni Morrison are more modern authors Plath was a leader in the 1950s and paved the way for the womens liberal movement of the 1960s She spoke bluntly and openly about her depression contempt for her father and husband and attempted suicides Toni Morrison is a strong African American voice Not only does she speak positively for women in general but also she can speak specifically to black women There are certainly themes to womens writing throughout the changing years Gilman and fellow authors of her time discussed the so-called nervous condition that was labeled on women frequently in the late 1800s and early 1900s In the 1950s Sylvia Path was an honest voice for her generation that was rare When women were first able to start printing their own literature they wrote about what they knew The mostly knew about domestic things such as having babies and life on the farm A strange amount of female authors suffered from what they called at the time the nervous condition Edith Wharton in 1899 was recovering from her nervous condition She sought the rest cure treatment from Dr S Weir Mitchell which was very popular Cahill 9 Wharton then went on the write many well-known novels Another author who suffered from the so-called nervous syndrome was Charlotte Perkins Gilman Dr Mitchell also prescribed her the rest cure This rest cure seemed to cause more problems then the patient had before Gilman dramatizes the situation in her story The Yellow Wall Paper It is about a women being treated using the rest cure and it makes her crazy In Elaine Showalters words the yellow wall paper is a haunting and passionate protest against the rest cure A modern
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