Kate Chopin


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Chopin, Kate (b. Katherine O'Flaherty)

(1851–1904) writer; born in St. Louis, Mo. She returned to St. Louis to write professionally after the death of her husband, a Louisiana planter (1882). Her Creole tales (Bayou Folk (1894), A Night in Acadie (1897)) established her as a leading "local color" author. But after her novel The Awakening (1899) was attacked for its honest portrayal of a woman's unrepentant sexual passion, she virtually stopped publishing and was not rediscovered until the 1960s.
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Why did it take so long for Kate Chopin to be recognized?
Taming the Sirens: Self-Possession and the Strategies of Art in Kate Chopin's The Awakening" In Kate Chopin Reconsidered.
Chopin had read Mary Wilkins Freeman, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Ruth McEnery Stuart, the latter of whom she actually met (Seyersted and Toth 90; Toth, Kate Chopin 268-71).
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writer Kate Chopin, traditionally considered a "regionalist" author, in order to explore not only the ways in which the context is inscribed within these stories, but also strategies by which she and her female characters inscribe themselves within the literary texts and contexts, forging new identities and (re)claiming space both literally and metaphorically.
These are followed by short articles, some biographical (Rebecca Nurse, Abigail Adams, Mary Cassatt, Kate Chopin, Judy Garland, Ruth Bader Ginsburg), some broadly or narrowly subject-based (Equal Rights Amendment, Adolescence, Native American.
Similarly, after an extensive review article on five recent works about Kierkegaard, the reviews proceed from broad topics such as cultural politics in America, the politics of Victorian women's biography, legal issues concerning blasphemy in nineteenth-century England, and Irish nationalism, to reviews of works on specific American and British writers ranging from Henry David Thoreau, John Stuart Mill, Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, Kate Chopin, and Mark Twain.
Wells, Pauline Hopkins, Kate Chopin, and David Bryant Fulton, Gunning reveals how their work both reinforced and resisted prevailing "malignant images of black masculinity" and thereby contributed to the continual re-negotiation of the terms and boundaries of a national dialogue on racial violence.
The writers selected for Delbanco's analysis include Herman Melville, Henry Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Adams, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Kate Chopin fared somewhat better, although her heroine Edna Pontellier in The Awakening did not.
There is more of Phyllis Wheatley (five of her letters), Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin, Edna St Vincent Millay, Marianne Moore, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Adrienne Rich, though Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Bishop remain somewhat unrepresented except that Stein's The Good Anna is now given complete.
Many authors first achieved success with vivid descriptions of their own localities: Mark Twain described Mississippi River life; Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rose Terry Cooke, and Sarah Orne Jewett wrote of New England; George Washington Cable, Joel Chandler Harris, and Kate Chopin described the Deep South; T.