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Kate Chopin (1851 – 1904)

Nationality: American Periods: American: 1865-1900

addressed women’s issues in her fiction, Southern writer, writer of The Awakening

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The Awakening

Collected Stories of Kate Chopin

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Criticism about Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin as Feminist: Subverting the French Androcentric Influence
“That Chopin in some way ‘bought into’ the French male literary tradition which presented itself to her in the form of Maupassant’s short fiction is undeniable. It is a fact alluded to repeatedly in the criticism surrounding her work, in that of recent years and also in the words of her contemporary reviewers. Maupassant has indeed been identified by one critic as Chopin’s greatest literary “mentor” (Taylor p.159). But the most direct assertion of his impact comes from Chopin herself in an unpublished essay entitled “Confidences” (1896). Here she expresses obvious admiration for the French ‘master’ as she recalls her reaction to “stumbl[ing] upon” a volume of his tales eight years earlier.”
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
Author: Jane Le Marquand
From: Deep South v.2. n.3. (Spring 1996)

Biographical sites about Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin
This site contains biographical information on Kate Chopin and links to other resources.
Contains: Sketch, Pictures
Author: Kim Wells
Keywords: life, history, biography
Kate Chopin: The Awakening, The Storm, stories, biography
Presents extensive biographical information and recent news on the author. Has pages devoted to Chopin’s novels and to her most popular short stories, including information about the composition, publication, setting, and characters Also includes an extensive, up-to-date list of books and articles that may be useful for students and scholars–as well as guidance for choosing a reliable text of the work.
Contains: Extensive Bio, Commentary, Bibliography, Works List,
Author: Kate Chopin International Society
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Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening
This excellent site, which is companion to a PBS program on Chopin’s life, includes a biography and timeline, many pictures, a transcript of the television program, excerpts from interviews with Chopin’s grandson and a Chopin scholar, online texts of several of Chopin’s works, links to useful web sites, and an extensive bibliography of recommended reading. Well worth a look.
Contains: Bibliography, Webliography, Works Available, Commentary, Pictures, Timeline, Full Bio

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