The short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1843) by Edgar Allan Poe is told from the perspective of an insane man who murders an old man and buries the dismembered body beneath the floor boards of the room in which he lives.
In her nonfiction work Women and Economics (1898), Gilman argues that men and women are more similar than different and that women should have all of the social and economic freedoms of men, including the right to work.
In The Treatment of Certain Forms of Neurasthenia and Hysteria (1887), doctor 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 short story "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" (1932) by American writer Conrad Aiken explores the hallucinations of a sensitive youngster named Paul Haslemann.
The Madwomen in the Attic (1979) by Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert examines the ways nineteenth-century women writers, including Gilman and Charlotte Bronte, expressed forbidden emotions in their works.
The Awakening (1899) is a novel by American writer Kate Chopin. It is the story of a conventional wife and mother who, after engaging in an extramarital affair, commits suicide when she realizes she cannot reconcile her actions with the moral restrictions of society.