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Reading Kate Chopin through contemporary French feminist theory

Worton, M.; (2008) Reading Kate Chopin through contemporary French feminist theory. In: Beer, J., (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin. (pp. 105-117). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Green open access

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Book description: Although she enjoyed only modest success during her lifetime, Kate Chopin is now recognised as a unique voice in American literature. Her seminal novel, The Awakening, published in 1899, explored new and startling territory, and stunned readers with its frank depiction of the limits of marriage and motherhood. Chopin's aesthetic tastes and cultural influences were drawn from both the European and American traditions, and her manipulation of her 'foreignness' contributed to the composition of a complex voice that was strikingly different to that of her contemporaries. The essays in this Companion treat a wide range of Chopin's stories and novels, drawing her relationship with other writers, genres and literary developments, and pay close attention to the transatlantic dimension of her work. The result is a collection that brings a fresh perspective to Chopin's writing, one that will appeal to researchers and students of American, nineteenth-century, and feminist literature. • Covers all of Chopin’s oeuvre in its historical and international literary context • Offers a variety of theoretical approaches to reading her work • Emphasises for the first time the transatlantic dimension of her fiction

Type: Book chapter
Title: Reading Kate Chopin through contemporary French feminist theory
ISBN-13: 9780521709828
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?i...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the pre-print version of Worton, M. (2008) Reading Kate Chopin through contemporary French feminist theory. In: Beer, J., (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin. Cambridge Companions to Literature . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 105-117. ISBN 9780521709828
Keywords: Kaye Chopin, literature, American, United States, French, criticism, women's writing, nineteenth century, feminist, contemporary
UCL classification: ?? AI ??
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP International
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/13922
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