New Essays on The Awakening

New Essays on The Awakening

by Wendy Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521314453

ISBN-13: 9780521314459

Pub. Date: 07/28/1988

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

When The Awakening was first published in 1899 it was an extraordinarily controversial book. One of the first American novels to concern itself with themes of adultery and divorce, it was widely attacked as 'vulgar' and 'unhealthy'. In her introduction to this collection, Wendy Martin discusses the historical background of the novel and analyses the heroine's

Overview

When The Awakening was first published in 1899 it was an extraordinarily controversial book. One of the first American novels to concern itself with themes of adultery and divorce, it was widely attacked as 'vulgar' and 'unhealthy'. In her introduction to this collection, Wendy Martin discusses the historical background of the novel and analyses the heroine's evolution from a role of traditional femininity to one of autonomous individualism. The essays that follow explore other central themes of the novel, as well as locating Chopin in the tradition of American women novelists and discussing her status as a pre-modernist writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521314459
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1988
Series:
American Novel Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction Wendy Martin; 2. Tradition and the female talent: The Awakening as a solitary book Elaine Showalter; 3. Revolt against nature: the problematic modernism of The Awakening; 4. The half-life of Edna Pontellier Andrew Delbanco; 5. Edna's wisdom: a transitional and numinous merging Cristina Giorcelli; Notes; Bibliography.

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