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Women's Issues in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
     

Women's Issues in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

by Dedria Bryfonski
 

Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular sLudies. Each volume explores a work of literature

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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular sLudies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author: secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue, and a detailed subject index.

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VOYA - Deena Viviani
The Awakening and The Handmaid's Tale are two of the five volumes in the Women's Issues series. The other three novels discussed in separate volumes are The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Each volume provides literary criticisms and essays written by literary critics, educators, and authors who touch on the historical and contemporary feminist ideals and realities of the novels' characters, story lines, and authors. Some of the topics discussed include women and their sexuality; the equality/inequality of women; women's social roles; and women's places in religion and government. The contents also provide evidence for and against previously published criticisms of the works with supporting quotes from the texts. The novels that are discussed in this series are popular in high school English class curriculums, and students assigned reports or essays in conjunction with their readings would benefit from using this series as a resource. Courses involving women's studies and feminism may find these books helpful, and students in these disciplines would not need to read the associated novels to appreciate the volumes' Chapter 3, "Contemporary Perspectives on Women's Issues." Students who need biographical information on these authors may find the series valuable as well. The Women's Issues books will not be used by students as leisure reading, but they should stand the test of time in high school or public library settings as a critical source due to their heavy historical references and influences. (Social Issues in Literature: Women's Issues) Reviewer: Deena Viviani

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780737758207
Publisher:
Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date:
09/09/2011
Series:
Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

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