The Awakening and Selected Stories / Edition 1

The Awakening and Selected Stories / Edition 1

by Kate Chopin
     
 

Though published in 1899, The Awakening warrants inclusion in this list for the distinctly 20th-century sensibility with which it depicts Edna Pontellier's radical march toward sexual and emotional freedom. Kate Chopin (1851-1904) was born and raised in St. Louis, moving to New Orleans after her marriage to Oscar Chopin. She began writing after her husband'sSee more details below

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Though published in 1899, The Awakening warrants inclusion in this list for the distinctly 20th-century sensibility with which it depicts Edna Pontellier's radical march toward sexual and emotional freedom. Kate Chopin (1851-1904) was born and raised in St. Louis, moving to New Orleans after her marriage to Oscar Chopin. She began writing after her husband's death, publishing two collections of short fiction set among the Creoles and Cajuns of southern Louisiana; based on these stories, Chopin was labeled a "local colorist." The Awakening produced much hostile criticism because of its sympathetic portrait of a woman who chooses to reject marriage and motherhood, and the novel was banned by St. Louis libraries. Chopin's reputation has been salvaged by feminist critics, however, who see in the novel an early portrait of a woman who chooses a final independence over even a pleasantly constrained life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780075542698
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
01/01/1981
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Second Coming of an Aphrodite7
Suggestions for Further Reading35
A Note on the Text39
The Awakening43
Emancipation: A Life Fable177
At the 'Cadian Ball179
Desiree's Baby189
La Belle Zoraide195
At Cheniere Caminada201
The Story of an Hour213
Lilacs216
Athenaise229
A Pair of Silk Stockings262
Neg Creol267
Elizabeth Stock's One Story274
The Storm: A Sequel to "The 'Cadian Ball"281

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