Kate Chopin reconsidered : beyond the Bayou / edited by Lynda S. Boren and Sara deSaussure Davis.

Contributor(s): Boren, Lynda S. (Lynda Sue), 1941- | Davis, Sara deSaussure, 1943Material type: TextTextSeries: Southern literary studies: Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1992Description: x, 248 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0807117218 (alk. paper); 9780807117217 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904 -- Criticism and interpretation | Feminism and literature -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Women and literature -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | English fiction | United StatesDDC classification: 813/.4 LOC classification: PS1294.C63 | K385 1992Other classification: 18.06
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.
Summary: 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-238) and index.

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.

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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Library Journal Review

This collection of 14 essays purports to analyze Chopin's life and work from biographical, new historicist, materialist, poststructuralist, and feminist perspectives. However, several authors use the ``it means what I say because I say so'' approach to criticism. While there is one good essay, the rest range from poor to mediocre in scholarship and writing. Many are poorly conceived, poorly reasoned, and poorly supported, failing to present solid evidence from Chopin's text. Some are pointless, some contain distortions and misreadings, and one is unintelligible. This collection adds little to our understanding of this important American writer and is not recommended.-- Judy Mimken, Saginaw Valley State Univ., Mich. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Nearly 20 years after the publication of Per Seyersted's The Complete Works of Kate Chopin (1970) and his critical biography of the author (CH, Sep'70), a new wave of Chopin studies began. The present work continues the revival, with new essays as well as several that appeared in somewhat different form in Perspectives on Kate Chopin (1990). This collection addresses biographical matters as well as the texts and contexts of Chopin's The Awakening and her shorter fiction. It is broader in coverage than New Essays on The Awakening, ed. by W. Martin (1988) but, like Martin's, offers more to Chopin students and scholars than to students in introductory courses. (The essays and contextual materials in the Norton critical edition of The Awakening, 1976, though outdated, still provide the best help for uninitiated students.) Not using the Complete Works for citations of The Awakening and omitting publishers in the bibliography are problematic. This volume, however, makes definite advances in Chopin biography and in relating the fiction to art and music. Recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty. T. Bonner Jr.; Xavier University of Louisiana

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