Chopin, Kate: Further Reading

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Green, Suzanne Disheroon, and David J. Caudle. Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Works. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999, 274 p.

Provides a comprehensive survey of criticism on Chopin published between 1976 and 1998, including annotated entries for books, essays, dissertations, biographical studies, and bibliographical works.

Seyersted, Per and Emily Toth. "Bibliography of Kate Chopin's Writings" and "Writings on Kate Chopin." In A Kate Chopin Miscellany, pp. 203-11; 212-61. Natchitoches, La.: Northwestern State University Press, 1979.

Contains a detailed bibliography of Chopin's writings and of critical study of Chopin's works.


Toth, Emily. Kate Chopin. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1990, 528 p.

Questions long-held views on Chopin's life and writing; includes appendices, photographs, and a select bibliography.


Allen, Priscilla. "Old Critics and New: The Treatment of Chopin's The Awakening. "In The Authority of Experience: Essays in Feminist Criticism, edited by Arlyn Diamond and Lee R. Edwards, pp. 224-38. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1977.

Examines the critical reception over time given to The Awakening.

Beer, Janet. "Sister Carrie and The Awakening: The Clothed, the Unclothed, and the Woman Undone." In Soft Canons: American Women Writers and the Masculine Tradition, edited by Karen L. Kilcup, pp. 167-83. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1999.

Compares the heroines of Chopin's The Awakening and Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie.

Burns, Karin Garlepp. "The Paradox of Objectivity in the Realist Fiction of Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin." Journal of Narrative Theory 29, no. 1 (winter 1999): 27-61.

Analyzes the use of objectivity and its feminist implications in Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country and Chopin's The Awakening.

Crosland, Andrew. "Kate Chopin's 'Lilacs' and the Myth of Persephone." ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 14, no. 1 (winter 2001): 31-4.

Provides a concise analysis of Chopin's short story "Lilacs," paying particular attention to its mythological allusions.

Ewell, Barbara C. "Unlinking Race and Gender: The Awakening as a Southern Novel." The Southern Quarterly 37, nos. 3-4 (spring-summer 1999): 30-7.

Examines how The Awakening was shaped by the culture and history of the late-nineteenth-century South and compares Chopin's commentary on gender to her understanding of racial inequalities.

Koloski, Bernard. Kate Chopin: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996, 165 p.

Surveys Chopin's short stories and reprints reviews and essays on Chopin's life and work as a short story writer.

Petry, Alice Hall, ed. Critical Essays on Kate Chopin. New York: G. K. Hall, 1996, 257 p.

Reprints both early and modern reviews and essays devoted to Chopin's works.

Rich, Charlotte. "Reconsidering The Awakening: The Literary Sisterhood of Kate Chopin and George Egerton." The Southern Quarterly 41, no. 3 (spring 2003): 121-36.

Discusses the influence of George Egerton's writings on The Awakening, stressing the similarities between Chopin's novel and Egerton's Keynotes.

Rankin, Daniel S. Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1932, 339 p.

Provides critical discussion of Chopin's short stories and details about her life in relation to her work.

Schweitzer, Ivy. "Maternal Discourse and the Romance of Self-Possession in Kate Chopin's The Awakening. "In Gendered Agents: Women and Institutional Knowledge, edited by Silvestra Mariniello and Paul Bové, pp. 161-91. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1998.

Contrasts the protagonists of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Chopin's The Awakening, particularly noting that Edna Pontellier experiences motherhood while Hester Prynne does not.

Simons, Karen. "Kate Chopin on the Nature of Things." The Mississippi Quarterly 51, no. 2 (spring 1998): 243-52.

Highlights the influence of the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius on The Awakening.

Wade, Carl. "Conformity, Resistance, and the Search for Selfhood in Kate Chopin's The Awakening." The Southern Quarterly 37, no. 2 (winter 1999): 92-104.

Departs from the typical regionalist and feminist readings of The Awakening to explore the novel's place in the tradition of realist fiction.


Additional coverage of Chopin's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Writers Retrospective Supplement, Vol. 2; American Writers Supplement, Vol. 1; Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 33; Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Vols. 11, 15; Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography 1865-1917; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 12, 78; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British Edition; Exploring Novels; Exploring Short Stories; Feminist Writers; Literature and Its Times, Vol. 3; Literature Resource Center; Modern American Women Writers; Novels for Students, Vol. 3; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Ed. 2; Short Stories for Students, Vol. 17; Short Story Criticism, Vols. 8, 68; Twayne's United States Authors; Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 127; and World Literature Criticism Supplement.