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Kate Chopin reconsidered : beyond the Bayou

Author: Lynda S Boren; Sara deSaussure Davis
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©1992.
Series: Southern literary studies.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the past two decades scholars have come to realize that Kate Chopin is a major figure in southern and women's literature. This realization has in turn fueled an exploration of the motives and strategies that inform her work. Here, fourteen revealing essays consider Chopin's life and art from a variety of critical perspectives--biographical, New Historicist, materialist, poststructuralist, feminist. Lynda S.  Read more...
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Named Person: Kate Chopin; Kate Chopin; Kate Chopin
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynda S Boren; Sara deSaussure Davis
ISBN: 0807117218 9780807117217
OCLC Number: 24247239
Description: x, 248 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Kate Chopin thinks back through her mothers : three stories by Kate Chopin / Emily Toth --
French Creole portraits : the Chopin family from Natchitoches Parish / Jean Bardot --
"What are the prospects for the book?" : rewriting a woman's life / Heather Kirk Thomas --
The awakening of female artistry / Deborah E. Barker --
The awakening : a recognition of confinement / Dorothy H. Jacobs --
The quintessence of Chopinism / Martha Fodaski Black --
The economics of the body in Kate Chopin's The awakening / John Carlos Rowe --
The awakening : the economics of tension / Doris Davis --
Kate Chopin and the dream of female selfhood / Barbara C. Ewell --
Finding the self at home : Chopin's The awakening and Cather's The professor's house / Katherine Joslin --
Taming the sirens : self-possession and the strategies of art in Kate Chopin's The awakening / Lynda S. Boren --
Chopin's movement toward universal myth / Sara Desaussure Davis --
Kate Chopin's "Charlie" / Anne M. Blythe --
Insistent refrains and self-discovery : accompanied awakenings in three stories by Kate Chopin / Nancy S. Ellis.
Series Title: Southern literary studies.
Responsibility: edited by Lynda S. Boren and Sara deSaussure Davis.
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In the past two decades scholars have come to realize that Kate Chopin is a major figure in southern and women's literature. This realization has in turn fueled an exploration of the motives and strategies that inform her work. Here, fourteen revealing essays consider Chopin's life and art from a variety of critical perspectives--biographical, New Historicist, materialist, poststructuralist, feminist. Lynda S. Boren's introduction sets the tone, describing the Louisiana region from which Chopin's portraits emerged and identifying the peculiar difficulties faced by southern women in their quest for independence. The first section of the book focuses on biographical issues. Emily Toth analyzes Chopin's relationship with her mother and grandmothers and their influences on her fiction; Jean Bardot connects Chopin to the Creole heritage of her husband. Heather Kirk Thomas, discussing Chopin's creative motivation, questions earlier biographical and critical interpretations. Many of the pieces focus on Chopin's classic novel, The Awakening. Essays by Deborah E. Barker, Dorothy H. Jacobs, and Martha Fodaski Black examine aspects of confinement and liberation in Chopin's portrayal of the novel's protagonist, Edna Pontellier. Drawing on Chopin's connections to Greek tragedy, Baudelaire, Ibsen, and Shaw, these essays offer intriguing glimpses of Chopin's literary and political sophistication. Essays by John Carlos Rowe and Doris Davis focus on Chopin's awareness of the role of women, particularly those in the leisured class, in the economic structure of American society. Barbara C. Ewell, Katherine Joslin, and Lynda S. Boren, in individual essays, discuss the influence of the romantic tradition on Chopin's work. The book's final essays consider some of Chopin's lesser-known fiction. Sara deSaussure Davis deciphers the mythical structure of the story collection A Vocation and a Voice, Anne M. Blythe offers a new interpretation of the long story "Charlie," and Nancy S. Ellis examines musical themes in several of Chopin's stories. Illuminating the diverse forces that shaped Kate Chopin's immense talent, this volume will be an indispensable resource for students of her novels and stories.

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