The Awakening: and Selected Short Stories

Kate Chopin, Marilynne Robinson (University of Iowa)

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The Awakening: and Selected Short Stories

Kate Chopin, Marilynne Robinson (University of Iowa)

Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism.

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