Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton And Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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A wide range of short fiction by Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman is the focus for this study, examining both genre and theme. Chopin's short stories, Wharton's novellas, Chopin's frankly erotic writing and the homilies in which Gilman warns of the dangers of the sexually transmitted disease are compared. There are also essays on ethnicity in the work of Chopin, Wharton's New England stories, Gilman's innovative use of genre and "The Yellow Wallpaper" on film. This paperback edition ...

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Overview

A wide range of short fiction by Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman is the focus for this study, examining both genre and theme. Chopin's short stories, Wharton's novellas, Chopin's frankly erotic writing and the homilies in which Gilman warns of the dangers of the sexually transmitted disease are compared. There are also essays on ethnicity in the work of Chopin, Wharton's New England stories, Gilman's innovative use of genre and "The Yellow Wallpaper" on film. This paperback edition includes a new Preface to the material, providing a useful update on recent scholarship on these three popular writers.

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"Janet Beer's work is particularly welcome in that it combines meticulously attentive generic and thematic readings... with a scrupulous ability to situate the texts both within the context of the author's oeuvre and within the wider social context of the American fin de siècle... An immensely rich and impressively sustained series of interpretative readings, which makes full use of recent relevant scholarship."—Helen May Dennis, Jourbanal of American Studies
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Fashioned like the short stories she critiques<-->from Chopin's very short fiction (including ) to Wharton's novellas (e.g. ) and Gilman's cognate tales, Beer (English language literature, Roehampton Institute, London) provides a comparative analysis of the themes and genres of these three turn-of-the-century woman authors who "had...to negotiate a niche for themselves in the artistic and economic marketplace...." Her concluding essay is on the 1988 BBC adaptation of Gilman's . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403942760
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/16/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Beer is Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Humanities, Law and Social Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• New Preface
• Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Studies in Short Fiction, An Introduction
• 'dah you is, settin' down, lookin' jis' like w'ite folks!' Ethnicity Enacted in Kate Chopin's Short Fiction
• Without End: the Shape and Form of Desire in Kate Chopin's Short Fiction* Kate Chopin's Short Stories, on the Verge(s) of Narrative
• Edith Wharton and the Coherence of the Novella: From Initiation to Disillusion
• Edith Wharton, Literary Ghosts and the Writing of New England
• The Means and Ends of Genre in the Short Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
• Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Analogues: Reiterating the Social Health
• 'The Yellow Wallpaper' on Film: Dramatising Mental Illness
• Conclusion
• References and Bibliography
• Index

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