Kate Chopin's The Awakening

A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

Edited by Janet Beer, Elizabeth Nolan

© 2004 – Routledge

183 pages

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About the Book

Damned upon publication for engaging with the taboo issues of female sexuality and infidelity, Kate Chopin's The Awakening (1899) is now hailed as a key early feminist text and an important work of American literature.

This sourcebook combines accessible commentary with reprinted documents to provide the ideal introduction to this widely debated novel. The editors offer:

* extensive coverage of the contexts to the work, including biographical information on Chopin and the social and historical backgrounds to her writing

* an outline of the critical reception of the novel from the early reviews to contemporary debates, and extracts from influential essays

* selected chapters of the original text, reproduced with extensive commentary on key issues and suggestions on links with contextual and critical materials

* a guide to further reading, ideal for extended independent study.

Providing all the tools for engaged, informed individual analysis of the text, this sourcebook will greatly enrich any reading of The Awakening. It is an essential starting point for students of American literature and women's writing, or for anyone fascinated by Chopin's controversial work.


'A Clear concise and convincing analysis of the works position in the critical canon of American Literature.' - European Journal of English Studies

'A reader friendly critical study of an American Masterpiece.' - Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

About the Editors

Janet Beer is Professor of English, and Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, at Manchester Metropolitan University. Elizabeth Nolan is Associate Lecturer in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University.

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General