The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction

The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction

Paperback - 2003
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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RThe Awakening and Selected Short Fiction&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&RKate Chopin&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&R &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R New introductions commissioned from today''s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader''s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader''s understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&RWhen it first appeared in 1899, &&LSTRONG&&RKate Chopin''s&&L/B&&R &&LI&&RThe Awakening&&L/I&&R was greeted with cries of outrage. The novel''s frank portrayal of a woman''s emotional, intellectual, and sexual awakening shocked the sensibilities of the time and destroyed the author''s reputation and career. Many years passed before this short, pioneering work was recognized as a major achievement in American literature. &&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RSet in and around New Orleans, &&LI&&RThe Awakening&&L/I&&R tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother who, determined to control her own life, flouts convention by moving out of her husband''s house, having an adulterous affair, and becoming an artist.&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RBeautifully written, with sensuous imagery and vivid local descriptions, &&LI&&RThe Awakening&&L/I&&R has lost none of its power to provoke and inspire. Additionally, this edition includes thirteen of Kate Chopin''s magnificent short stories.&&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&RStories Included in the Volume:&&LBR&&R&&LI&&RThe Awakening&&LBR&&REmancipation: A Life Fable&&LBR&&RA Shameful Affair&&LBR&&RAt the ''Cadian Ball&&LBR&&RDésirée''s Baby&&LBR&&RA Gentleman of Bayou Têche&&LBR&&RA Respectable Woman&&LBR&&RThe Story of an Hour&&LBR&&RAthénaïse&&LBR&&RA Pair of Silk Stockings&&LBR&&RElizabeth Stock''s One Story&&LBR&&RThe Storm&&LBR&&RThe Godmother&&LBR&&RA Little Country Girl&&L/I&&R &&L/DIV&&R&&LBR&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RRachel Adams&&L/B&&R&&L/B&&R teaches nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature at Columbia University. &&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&&R
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, 2003
ISBN: 9781593080013
Branch Call Number: FIC CHOP
Characteristics: xxxvi, 297 pages ; 18 cm
Contents: The world of Kate Chopin and The Awakening
Introduction by Rachel Adams
The Awakening
Emancipation: a life fable
A shameful affair
At the 'Cadian ball
Desiree's baby
A gentleman of Bayou Teche
A respectable woman
The story of an hour
A pair of silk stockings
Elizabeth Stock's one story
The storm
The godmother
A little country girl
Inspired by The Awakening
Comments & questions
For further reading
Additional Contributors: Adams, Rachel 1968-


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May 06, 2019

The Awakening, which takes place in Louisiana during the late 19th century, tells the story of Edna Pontellier, whose affair causes her to realise that she is not happy filling her expected role as a devoted wife and mother; this leads her to abandon her role altogether and search for fulfillment elsewhere. Edna is unable to find joy in a woman’s traditional role and struggles between giving up her identity by conforming to societal expectations or dealing with the consequences of pursuing what she truly wants. Edna is a complicated protagonist, and I was torn between sympathising with Edna’s actions and condemning her mistreatment of the people around her, particularly her children. This book opens up a lot of questions about the necessity of societal expectations, the consequences of nonconformity, and the extent to which people should be held responsible for hurting others as a result of resisting their own oppression. The book is not particularly fast-paced and engaging, but its depth and complexity certainly make it worth the read. @amiwrite of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library


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