The Historian's Awakening: Reading Kate Chopin
's Classic Novel as Social and Cultural History
RAWALPINDI -- The Department of Women Research and Resource Center (WRRC) Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Thursday organized an interactive session on 'Kate Chopin
: Yesterday and Today'.
's "La Belle Zoraide" (1894) for instance, contains two narrative progressions, with the thematic meaning of the covert progression implicitly subverting that of the plot development.
Few readers today would know the name Katherine O'Flaherty, but many might remember Kate Chopin
, the name adopted by the author of The Awakening.
Keith had no shortage of stories to share from his own souths, but he also mentioned stories by Kate Chopin
, Zora Neale Hurston, and Eudora Welty that brought my own Gulf shores a little closer.
Heinlein); Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls); A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine UEngle); Dune (Frank Herbert); Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon); Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle, and Julia Child); The Awakening (Kate Chopin
); The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein); Capitalism and Freedom (Milton Friedman); Free to Choose: A Personal Statement (Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman); Nature (Ralph Waldo Emerson); Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill); A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole); All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren); and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (Robert M.
Robert Treu is representative of this approach when he argues that the novel's importance lies in the questions it raises, not whether Edna wants to die--or does die--at the end: "Kate Chopin
had every right, I think, to deny her readers the pleasure of an easy ending.
She finds a similar pattern in works spanning the centuries, from Lady Mary Wroth and William Shakespeare in the 1600s to Sue Monk Kidd, Suzanne Collins, and Philip Pullman in the current century, including works by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Kate Chopin
, Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, J.R.R.
Early attention to women's interior lives and rights shows up in the work of Kate Chopin
(Katherine O'Flaherty), and it is both thrilling and saddening to be reminded of the early reception of Chopin's work, The Awakening (1899), which was decried for its vulgarity and, per Fr.
In Spain, research on Kate Chopin
and translations of her works are a relatively new phenomenon, and mostly due to the interest in recent decades of academics concerned with the study of nineteenth-century Anglo-American women writers.
My favourite in the collection is 'Awakened' in which Melissa Marr plays with Kate Chopin
's 'The Awakening'.
Louis) takes on Irish-American writers and places them firmly on the feminist landscape, ranging from Mother Jones, Kate Chopin
and Margaret Mitchell to Gillian Flynn, Jennifer Egan and Doris Kearns Goodwin.