Summary Of ' Looking Glasses And Neverlands ' By Karen Coats

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In chapter seven of “Looking Glasses and Neverlands” by Karen Coats, the subject of abjection and adolescent fiction is discussed. Coats says, “In its social context, abjection means to operate at the social rim” (Looking Glasses and Neverlands. 138) which I interpreted as meaning trying to fit into societal standards; whether it be in terms of dress, language, sexuality, or race. (There’s obviously many more examples, but those were the few that came into my head immediately). Coats goes on to say, “Adolescence is a time of cultivating group identity; socially abject figures cannot seem to manage either the material conditions and habits or the identifications necessary to sustain a position in a social group” (Looking Glasses and…show more content…
Characterized by the material expressions of dress, drugs, music, language, and sexuality, most young-adult novels have a relatively short shelf life” (Looking Glasses and Neverlands. 137-138) which I feel as though The Yellow Wallpaper almost ignores, which makes it such a memorable piece for the ages. As mentioned before, this piece was published in a time where mental illnesses were not something people were extremely knowledgable and accepting of (compared to today’s time). The interesting thing about this piece, though, is that the narrator even overlooks her illness because her husband has convinced her it’s no big deal. I haven’t done any research, but I’m sure this piece caused some controversy about how it discussed mental illness, especially coming from a woman. It’s interesting because if this piece was published in the 2000’s, it would be no big deal, because mental illnesses are so commonly known and accepted; people definitely have more knowledge about them than they did in 1892. While introducing herself and her husband, John, the narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper says, “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression - a

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