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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 toThe Awakeningfrom 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 toThe Awakeningand to the criticism, a glossary of critical terms, and (for the first time) contextual documents.
Table of Contents
About the Series About this Volume
PART I. THE AWAKENING: THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [The 1969 Seyersted Edition]
New Cultural Documents New Two Contemporary Reviews of The Awakening: From "Recent Novels" (The Nation 69, 3 August 1899, 96) From "Books of the Week" (Providence Sunday Journal, 4 June 1899, 15) New Two Principles in Recent American Fiction, James Lane Allen (The Altantic Monthly, October 1897) New Home Study for Young Ladies: Visiting Cards (from Collier's Cyclopedia of Commercial and Social Information and Treasury of Entertaining Knowledge, 1887) New The Dressing-Table New Advertisements from Women's Magazines Lablanche Face Powder (Ladies Home Journal, August 1899) Braided Wire Bristles and Forms (Ladies Home Journal, May 1899) Ferris's Good Sense Corset Waists: When Beauty Reigns (Harper's Magazine, January 1899) The Whitely Exerciser (Ladies Home Journal, December 1896) New Fashion Plates from Women's Magazines Plate No. 7 (Godey's Magazine, January 1897) Plate No. 6 (Godey's Magazine, March 1897) Plate No. 7 (Godey's Magazine, August 1897) New A People Who Live Amid Romance, Ruth McEnery Stuart, (Ladies Home Journal, December 1896) New The Artist and Marriage (The Atlantic Monthly, January 1899) New What It Means to Be a Wife, Helen Watterson Moody, (Ladies Home Journal, March 1899) New The True Meaning of Motherhood,Helen Watterson Moody, (Ladies Home Journal, May 1899) New What Women Find to Do all Day (Ladies Home Journal, April 1899) New The Evolution of Woman in the South, Walter Gregory, (Godey's Magazine, October 1897)
PART II. THE AWAKENING: A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
A Critical History of The Awakening
Feminist Criticism and The Awakening What Is Feminist Criticism? Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Feminist Perspective: Elaine Showalter,Tradition and the Female Talent: The Awakening as a Solitary Book
Gender Criticism and The Awakening What Is Gender Criticism? Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Gender Perspective: New Elizabeth LeBlanc,The Metaphorical Lesbian: Edna Pontellier in The Awakening
New Historicism and The Awakening What Is New Historicism? New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography A New Historicist Perspective: Margit Stange,Personal Property: Exchange Value and the Female Self in The Awakening
Deconstruction and The Awakening What Is Deconstruction? Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography A Deconstructionist Perspective: Patricia S. Yaeger,"A Language Which Nobody Understood": Emancipatory Strategies in The Awakening
Reader-Response and The Awakening What Is Reader-Response Criticism? Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography A Reader-Response Perspective: Paula A. Treichler,The Construction of Ambiguity in The Awakening: A Linguistic Analysis
New Combining Critical Perspectives: Cynthia Griffin Wolff,Un-utterable Longing: The Discourse of Feminine Sexuality in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms About the Contributors