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The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction From Rachel Adams s Introduction to The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction Chopin may have begun her serious efforts as a writer out of grief As a young widow she contended with the provincialism o

  • Title: The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction
  • Author: Kate Chopin
  • ISBN: 2940000952610
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Nook
  • The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction By Kate Chopin, From Rachel Adams s Introduction to The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction Chopin may have begun her serious efforts as a writer out of grief As a young widow, she contended with the provincialism of Cloutierville for two years before returning to St Louis to live with her mother, Eliza When Eliza died of cancer just one year later, Chopin was heartbroken But shFrom Rachel Adams s Introduction to The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction Chopin may have begun her serious efforts as a writer out of grief As a young widow, she contended with the provincialism of Cloutierville for two years before returning to St Louis to live with her mother, Eliza When Eliza died of cancer just one year later, Chopin was heartbroken But she also began to participate in the intellectual life of the city and to make serious efforts to establish herself as a professional author Although she moved in literary circles, she resisted alliance with any particular group A brief membership in the Wednesday Club, a select coterie of women intellectuals who gathered for conversation and debate, only strengthened her distaste for such organized activities More than once, her fiction depicts women reformers or intellectuals in unflattering terms Concerned about his wife s erratic behavior in The Awakening, L once consults the family doctor, who asks him if she has been associating of late with a circle of pseudo intellectual women super spiritual superior beings These words drip with a disdain that is unrelieved by authorial commentary Struggling to find venues for her work, Chopin wrote regularly and kept careful records of submissions and rejections At first, she was most successful with regional publications, placing her poem If It Might Be in a Chicago magazine called America and short stories in the Philadelphia Music Journal and St Louis Post Dispatch It proved difficult to access national periodicals like The Atlantic Monthly, Harper s, and Century At a time when the social conservatism of the Victorian era still prevailed, Chopin s treatment of such controversial topics as extramarital affairs, venereal disease, murder, and miscegenation often made her work unpalatable to the major literary magazines Eventually she would break into this market by publishing stories in nationally circulating periodicals such as Vogue, Century, and Youth s Companion.Among Chopin s literary influences was the French writer Guy de Maupassant, whose realism and formal sophistication she admired Her respect for his frank treatment of taboo subjects inspired her to translate a number of his stories, but their controversial nature made publication difficult A conventional early model was the eminent realist author and magazine editor William Dean Howells, who sent her a brief note of praise for her short story Boulot and Boulotte For the depiction of strong, independent female characters, Chopin looked to Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman She has frequently been grouped with these women as a writer of local color fiction, a genre unjustly dismissed by several generations of critics More recently, scholars have seen her use of local color techniques as a strategy to gain a foothold in the literary marketplace and to stake a claim in contemporary debates about gender, race, and region From this perspective, her short story A Gentleman of Bayou T che, in which an artist from the city attempts to exploit a humble fisherman for his local color, reads like an allegory for the regional writer s confrontation with the literary establishment Reviewers of Chopin s first collection, Bayou Folk 1894 , failed to notice such instances of understated social commentary While generally positive, contemporary responses hailed her depiction of charming local details, rather than her treatment of social issues Reviewers found a complicated outlook and maturity of authorial voice in her second collection, A Night in Acadie 1897 An essay in the St Louis Post Dispatch praising Chopin s artistry and psychological insight urged readers to think beyond the associations with local color, to recognize gifts that go deeper than mere patois and local description A second review demurred, describing Chopin as a specialist in the childlike southern people who are the subject of her brief romances and expressing regret that some of the stories were marred by one or two slight and unnecessary coarseness sic Despite considerable appreciation by her contemporaries, Chopin would have remained neglected by literary history if it were not for the recovery of The Awakening in the 1960s Its renewed popularity also brought attention to the whole corpus of her work, which includes numerous poems, essays, and short stories, as well as her first novel, At Fault These texts illuminate many of the concerns of The Awakening but are also of considerable interest in their own right Read in its entirety, Chopin s fiction introduces a broad swath of personalities, from impoverished blacks and Acadians of the Bayou to plantation elites and urban intellectuals Whereas some stories turn seemingly trivial events the shopping spree of an abstemious middle aged woman, a country girl s visit to the circus into dramatic interior conflicts, others deal with overtly controversial issues such as miscegenation, venereal disease, murder, and extramarital sex The relatively circumscribed geographical parameters of Chopin s fiction extend from lively, cosmopolitan New Orleans to the insular, rural byways of nineteenth century Louisiana Unlike the minutely detailed, inclusive catalogues of realist fiction, her preference is for the sketch, which conveys an impression rather than a sharply delineated picture Frequently, Chopin writes as an insider whose intimacy with her subjects is conveyed through the use of local dialect and allusions As a result, whereas the human dramas are readily accessible, contemporary readers may struggle to gain a precise understanding of character and locale.

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    1. I can t help it I m a sucker for tragic love and a gloomy ending For social and moral constraints pushing down until one suffocates I ve lived it I caught my breath and clutched this book and had a completely personal reaction to the beauty and the agony Some of the one star reviews puzzle me, not because people disliked the book, which would be perfectly reasonable, but because some people suggest Edna could ve just gotten a divorce and solved her problem that way That she was a selfish trollop [...]

    2. I loved this story for the beautiful writing and the intricate way of exploring the life of a tragic woman I saw this as a tragic story, not as the example that feminists having been using it as for decades.The feminist themes are there, no doubt, but I don t think that Chopin intended it to be used as an example of what a woman in a similar situation should do.The Awakening is a story of a woman who feels bound and oppressed by her marriage and by motherhood This stuff was never for her and she [...]

    3. With several hours to kill before an appointment, I decided to pop inside a bookstore to pick up something short but old In pursuit of this end, I solicited the aid of the shop lady one of those former English majors who ve evidently forgotten everything they might have once learned in university Following several false starts Sorry, ma am, but I ve already read both Animal Farm and The Metamorphosis , she pulled a slender book from the shelf, saying as she did so I can t remember if I read this [...]

    4. I enjoyed reading this, but I wasn t enthusiastic about reading it I think this will benefit from rereading The characters and endings aren t the most developed, but the atmosphere of Louisiana is lush and realistic I can see why this is an acclaimed work, but I wasn t blown away by it.

    5. I like some of Chopin s short stories so it was kind of disappointing to get to the Awakening and find that there really isn t that much to it Beyond anything, I m confused by it, because when I think of feminist texts, this just doesn t seem to do the trick This is completely up to interpretation and debate, of course, but Edna Pontellier just doesn t scream feminist hero to me Feminism at least in my mind should be embracing one s identity as a woman and seeking equality with men Here, we get [...]

    6. Review of The Awakening here.The short stories are also great, especially At the Cadian Ball, A Gentleman of Bayou T che and Elizabeth Stock s One Story, showing a diverse and vital talent for storytelling.The introduction, however, is dismal First of all, it promptly spoils the novel and almost all of the stories, without any warning whatsoever Secondly, it s rambling and lacks focus or any discernible point, wandering from trying to excuse or erase Chopin s racist beliefs to pointlessly asking [...]

    7. I really liked this I think this novella made me a bit uncomfortable, though I saw a lot of myself in Edna, and that s probably why I kept needing to put this book down and find something else to do for a little while A southern woman in a bad marriage who finds herself in a new place one day where her eyes are opened to realize that things shouldn t be the way they are hit me like an intensely personal ton of bricks, because I ve been there Of course, it was easier for me to end a marriage than [...]

    8. The altar, tis of death for there are laidThe sacrifice of all youth s sweetest hopes.It is a dreadful thing for woman s lipTo swear the heart away yet know that heartAnnuls the vow while speaking and shrinks backFrom the dark future that it dares not face.The service read above the open graveIs far less terrible than that which sealsThe vow that binds the victim, not the will For in the grave is rest.The Marriage Vow, Letitia Elizabeth Landon view spoiler Found Drowned, George Frederic Watts hi [...]

    9. This wasn t a book that caught my interest right away I picked it up only to read a few pages and then put it down again several times However, as the protagonist came to life so too did the book I found Edna both interesting and sympathetic as the book progressed Chopin s style was interesting, too sometimes lushly descriptive, sometimes spare and generally quite Modernist in tone.I can see why some people loathe this book there isn t much in the way of external action, and if one is not int [...]

    10. This is a book of stories by Kate Chopin beginning with Awakening, a novella Inside the book there are 9 stories as 1 The Awakening2 Beyond the Bayou3 Ma ame P lagie4 Desiree s Baby5 A Respectable Woman6 The Kiss7 A Pair of Silk Stockings8 The Locket9 A ReflectionThe awakening approaches the realization of the female sexuality The story takes place during the late 1800s in Grand Isle, a summer resort for the wealthy in New Orleans Edna Pontellier, who is a painter, is vacationing with her husban [...]

    11. Ok, so I read The Awakening for class, and I did not read the other short stories in the book, as they were not assigned However, since the book is that main story, I consider it read And after reading the main story, how can I not read her other ones It s actually a funny story for my American Literature II class ENG 226 , at GVSU, we were assigned to read Kate Chopin s story from our Norton Anthology But as I was perusing the free books at the school, I found this copy I still ended up reading [...]

    12. An explanation regarding the rating I enjoyed the end of The Awakening, the other 75% of it I found to be indulgent and repetitive, and I liked Desiree s Baby quite a lot as well As for the remaining short stories, I had issues with remaining present and found the subject matter not all that gripping With all of that being said however, I am completely aware of the feminist themes contained within The Awakening such as oppression, domestication of women, and patriarchal households just to name a [...]

    13. Most important in any book is the writing style and diction Kate Chopin gets an A I am not a big reader of feminist literature, but Chopin managed to put into words the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions that surged through Edna effectively When reading these sort of psychological books, I notice what a tough time authors sometimes have doing this I am reminded of Wally Lamb s meh attempt at doing this in his novel, We are Water, and marvel at the effortlessness with which it seems Chopin accomp [...]

    14. loved it I really don t think I ve ever felt so connected to a main character, or if I have it s been a few years.

    15. Okay, technically, I haven t finished reading the book because I still need to read the short stories that follow The Awakening However, I must write what I think about Chopin s prized story before it escapes me I absolutely disliked Edna Pontellier I came into this novel with many expectations, primarily that this would be an amazing feminist novel Nope It was not, which I am okay with I am not okay with how unhappy Edna is with her life Yeah, her husband isn t super romantic, but her life seem [...]

    16. As The Awakening opens during the languid days of summer we find Edna Pontellier, Kate Chopin s main character, drifting aimlessly as if through a wide expanse of ocean or a great field of grain Edna is on vacation at Grand Isle with her husband and two young sons She often feels the weight of her responsibilities and the casual cruelty of her husband and becomes disconsolate, but she has attracted the attention of Robert Lebron who becomes her constant companion Edna has a tendency towards infa [...]

    17. Dismally short, The Awakening entwines it s quiet mist of anxiety around our hearts when we first meet Mrs Edna Pontieller A beautiful, twenty eight year old, she is adored by many, but a romantic cast off of her husband good thing there were so many cuties around When she begins with some art, just a little dabble and taste, Edna s senses are becoming steadily and creepily wild Nature and her seductive caresses are pulling at her heart and body, and this time, she does not refuse.Reminding me o [...]

    18. This was my second time to read Kate Chopin s The Awakening, the last time being in the late 1990 s when I was in my twenties I think I appreciated it even now after decades of adulthood and years of marriage.I also understood it differently It seemed less like the standard narrative of a woman rebelling against her social situation and marriage though there is obviously that , in other words, less like Madame Bovary and A Doll s House, and like a Virginia Woolf novel in which a unique feminin [...]

    19. The Awakening, set in New Orleans in the late 1800s, follows Edna Pontellier during her realisation that she is not being true to herself and is stuck in a marriage that she doesn t want to be and the actions she takes after this realisation.Chopin s saving grace was the short stories that followed the ending of The Awakening In particular Desiree s Baby Chopin seems masterful at the short stories and I quite enjoyed reading them They are the only reason that I am giving 3 stars and not 1.The Aw [...]

    20. It was amazing to watch the unraveling of Edna Pontellier s well to do, refined existence in Louisiana Despite her privileged upbringing, youth, beauty, wealth, status and creativity, this 28 year old wife and mother is stifled by the social norms of the day this was published in 1899 and begins uncharacteristically to act out After taking out her initial frustrations on her busy husband, she refuses to attend her sister s wedding, and then things go bananas I took off a star for the short stori [...]

    21. I think this is a book now read in college courses, as it well should be That women were once considered not to own their own lives, especially not their own minds, might be a revelation for those younger than about 30 This small book is beautifully written and not encumbered with the wordiness of the Victorians I have not studied this time period perhaps by 1899 literature was coming out from under those paragraph long sentences This is just a delight, in spite of the ending which I could have [...]

    22. A poetic, intricate read that I enjoyed immensely I can understand why this book was so widely banned in it s time presents some shocking ideas i.e infidelity, neglect, suicide and questions the role of women Edna is an intriguing character, as mystical to the reader as she is to the other characters The story line is fascinating the ending beautiful I would recommend it to anyone.

    23. So I just finished The Awakening and a collection of short stories by Kate Chopin and really, I m not impressed I can see how she would be important as a female who dared to write about the unacceptable but her work really doesn t stand the test of time Now O Henry there s a collection of short stories that as amusing today as it must have been when it was first published.

    24. This book has an underlying theme to each of its stories Some would call it empowering for women I would call it selfish The women in these stories expect their lives to be perfect without any effort from themselves I didn t like any of the stories and I will never read anything from this author again.

    25. 2016 04 17 Sun The Awakening Kate Chopin novel fiction 1900s america south ThoughtsChopin manages to capture the frustration that comes from things beinggood but not the way you want them to be Mrs Pontilier s awakeningmay have opened her to joy, but it opened her to pain as well Is asharp and vivid but sometimes painful experience better than a soft,dull one Who knows Other interesting parts include the doctor swillingness to help but inability to effectively intervene as well asEdna s suicidal [...]

    26. I can t remember how I discovered Kate Chopin s The Awakening I have had the book for years I must have got it during one of my weekend bookshop visits I used to buy a lot of Bantam classics those days and I think I got it then I normally remember the bookshop from which I had bought a book, but I can t remember the bookshop from which I had got Kate Chopin s book By some deductive reasoning, I have narrowed down the suspects to two And that is where it will stay, I think.I don t know why Chopin [...]

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