Health and architecture

Diagnoses: The Space of the Psyche from the Victorian to the Welfare Society

A feminist debate event on the place of vulnerability in literature and architecture.

"I think the bed is nailed down"

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1892 feminist horror classic 'The Yellow Wallpaper' forces a young mother to rest in a room with an eerie wallpaper that gradually becomes her only interest. In Fine Gråbøl's recent novel 'Ungeenheden', a young girl fights for her life in the hospital's youth settlement, surrounded by shiny blue-white walls and prop-like furniture.

At this event, we delve into both works and explore how the interior design of both the room and society will be decisive for the fates of the main characters.

At the end of the 19th century, the Yellow Wallpaper put into words for the first time what today we would call postpartum depression. Disguised as submissive horror, the Gothic genre allowed women to portray a vulnerable reality that no one else would know of. But how does society respond to the vulnerability of women today? For the event, a panel will address which spaces we create for and for the woman's psyche with historical and contemporary references within both literature and architecture.

The panel consists of Kasper Opstrup, who researches literature, art and occultism at the University of Copenhagen and has translated the Yellow Wallpaper into Danish, Fine Gråbøl, author of The Youth Unit, Linea Maja Ernst, literary critic and debater, and PhD. At the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture Anne Pind. The conversation is moderated by literary facilitator and co-translator of The Yellow Wallpaper, Caroline Enghoff Mogensen.

The event is a collaboration between CAFx and Blågårdens Library.

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