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The Awakening. Kate Chopin. Kate Chopin. KateChopin.org. Kate Chopin. 1850-1904 Born in St. Louis Bicultural (English and French) Marries and lives in New Orleans for 12 years. Kate Chopin. Begins her professional life after death of her husband 100 short stories, 2 novels

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the awakening

The Awakening

Kate Chopin

kate chopin
Kate Chopin

KateChopin.org

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Kate Chopin

1850-1904

Born in St. Louis

Bicultural (English and French)

Marries and lives in New Orleans for 12 years

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Kate Chopin

Begins her professional life after death of her husband

100 short stories, 2 novels

Popular, recognized (Vogue, Atlantic Monthly)

The Awakening: vile, immoral, “unfortunate”

Rediscovered in 1950s

chopin s writing style
Chopin’s writing style

Influences

  • Romanticism
  • Realism
  • Local color: geographical and historical moment, details exotic speech patterns and culture
  • Guy de Maupassant: economy of detail
  • Emile Zola: truth
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Chopin’s writing style

KateChopin.org

PBS.org

  • “insightful and moving”
  • “sensitive, graceful, poetic depictions of women’s lives”
  • “On the eve of the 20th century, Kate Chopin confronted the fundamental dilemma of what it meant to be a woman. In a stream of stories and in her novel, The Awakening, she explored the unsparing truth of women's submerged lives.”
chopin s role today
Chopin’s role today

Why now?

  • One of the top five novels read in American universities
  • Considered the prime (and first) example of American realism
  • Vaughn Dance Co. recently premiered “Reaching Out for the Unlimited”
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The Awakening
  • Published in 1899
  • Set in late 1800s on Grand Isle (Louisiana)
  • Creole: white (?) descendant of original Spanish/French settlers
  • Louisiana recently ravaged by Civil War, slow changes in lifestyles and culture
reading schedule
Reading Schedule

Come prepared for discussion with notes on each focus area.

  • Imagery, discussion over chapters I-XIII, Tuesday 3/18
  • Passion, discussion over chapters XIV-XXIV, Thursday 3/20
  • Realism, chapters XXV-XXXIX, Monday 3/24
  • Test Tuesday 3/25