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The Awakening (Classic Fiction)

By Kate Chopin (Author)
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This revision of a widely adopted critical edition presents the 1969 Seyersted text of Kate Chopin's novel along with critical essays that introduce students to The Awakening from the perspectives of feminism, gender (new essay), new historical, deconstructionist, and reader response criticism. An additional new essay demonstrates how various approaches can be combined. The text and essays are complemented by introductions to The Awakening and to the criticism, a glossary of critical terms, and (for the first time) contextual documents.

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Format: Abridged
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Pages   2
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.35" Width: 4.88" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.22 lbs.
Binding  CD
Publisher   Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN  9626341084  
ISBN13  9789626341087  

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More About Kate Chopin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kate Chopin (1851-1904) did not begin to write until she was thirty-six years old. Up to that time, her life gave no hint of either literary talent or literary ambition. Yet after the publication of her first stories in 1889, she enjoyed ten years of a productive, serious, and fairly successful career. Her first novel, "At Fault" (1890), had difficulty finding a publisher, so she brought it out at her own expense and sent review copies to important journals. Her short stories close to a hundred of them were published for the most part in prestigious national magazines. They gave her a solid reputation as a gifted 'local color' writer that is, an author specializing in the depiction of a particular region of the country and its inhabitants. From these many stories, she culled two well-reviewed collections: "Bayou Folk" in 1894 and "A Night in Acadie "in 1897. "The Awakening," now her best-known work, appeared in 1899.
Critics of Chopin's own day disapproved of the sexual frankness of "The Awakening" and were especially disturbed by the narrator's neutrality toward the unconventional behavior of Edna Pontellier, the heroine. All reviews of the novel were unfavorable. Soon after this setback, a planned third collection of short stories was rejected by a publisher, and Kate Chopin essentially ceased to write. In poor health, she died some five years after "The Awakening" appeared. She was only fifty-three."

Kate Chopin lived in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri. Kate Chopin was born in 1851 and died in 1904.

Kate Chopin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
  2. Dover Thrift Editions
  3. Enriched Classics (Pocket)
  4. Norton Critical Editions
  5. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  6. Penguin Classics

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Better as an example of feminist lit than as a story  May 12, 2008
This book has become a feminist lit classic for a reason. It follows the story of Edna, a woman living in Louisiana and married to a Creole, through the span of a little less than a year. In that time, she experiences the "awakening" the title tells about--falls in love (not with her husband), leaves her home and family, and discovers her calling as an artist. On that level, the book works.

But as an actual *story*, well, not so much. Frankly, I found Edna less than sympathetic, especially in her actions towards her children. The ending is abrupt--I won't give it away--and a huge let down after the rest of the book. In essence, the book is building up to...nothing.

All in all, worth reading--but mainly so you can say you've read it. It's good, but nothing special. I read My Antonia around the same time as this, and I much prefered My Antonia. They are sort of similar, so if The Awakening sounds like something you might like but you aren't sure, try My Antonia instead.
Great book  Mar 29, 2008
This is a great book written by a great author. Sad at times but extremely good writing. I also recommend Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Where Have You Been All My Life?  Mar 23, 2008
I picked this book up on a whim, it was inexpensive, short and from the first couple of paragraphs looked interesting. I wondered why I hadn't read it before. I had heard the author's name, probably from my constant searching for great quotes and such.

I started reading and as I continued, I felt waves of familiarity rise up within me.

Yes, this is a "classic" yet the story could be my own.

I remembered when I saw the movie "Pleasantville" for the first time and how disturbed I was by it... so disturbed that I had to pace outside the theatre to catch my breath before I could return.

My life has changed greatly since then, but books like the Awakening serve to remind me how far we have come as a society (in some ways, I am grateful) as well as the sadness for women over time... as we learn the outcome for our heroine.

The writing is beautiful yet sparse enough to move along at a surprisingly fast pace.

I will begin recommending this title to every woman I know, especially the young women. I wish someone had shared it with me before I made some of the choices I made.
Beautifully written.  Mar 18, 2008
This is one of those books that remind you what literature is about and how powerful it is. It is a terrible injustice to limit literature, such as this book, by catagorizing it into a certain type of ideology, or to attach moral judgement. If so, there wouldn't be any good literature left.(defenitely no Lolita) The awakening of one's soul and desire inspite of the external restraints, and the determination to bring changes in life, however tragic it may be, should speak to every human being. A Lovely book in all senses.
The Awakening   Jan 12, 2008
This is a book for those who are clueless of their own identity. I really did not find this book illuminating because even though I see the value in Edna's journey, it holds no relevance, aside from a historical one, in my life. Chopin may have been ahead of her time, but she is a mere banality in ours.

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