Awesome Photo Project Brings Classic Books by Female Writers to Life

Photo by: Julia Callon
The Yellow Wallpaper No. 1

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a terrifying short story that was published in 1892. In it, a woman goes mad after being ... more 
Photo by: Julia Callon
The Yellow Wallpaper No. 1

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a terrifying short story that was published in 1892. In it, a woman goes mad after being confined to her bedroom.
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Tue, Dec 11, 2012 12:56 PM EST
Though at first glance they may look like dollhouses, these photographs are actually miniature recreations of rooms from classic novels like Jane Eyre and The Awakening. In the nineteenth century women were confined to the home, literally and symbolically. They were expected to put their domestic roles as wives or mothers above all else, and female writers of the period reflected on that feeling of isolation in their work. Artist Julia Callon explores the concept of dangerous domesticity in this photo series that she calls "Houses of Fiction." In the first photograph, the private rooms of the heroines appear clean and tidy-but in the second photograph are destroyed by a malevolent force.