New Essays On The Awakening by Wendy MartinNew Essays On The Awakening by Wendy Martin

New Essays On The Awakening

EditorWendy Martin

Paperback | July 29, 1988

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When The Awakening was first published in 1899 it was an extraordinarily controversial book. One of the first American novels to concern itself with themes of adultery and divorce, it was widely attacked as 'vulgar' and 'unhealthy'. In her introduction to this collection, Wendy Martin discusses the historical background of the novel and analyses the heroine's evolution from a role of traditional femininity to one of autonomous individualism. The essays that follow explore other central themes of the novel, as well as locating Chopin in the tradition of American women novelists and discussing her status as a pre-modernist writer.
Title:New Essays On The AwakeningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:164 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.39 inPublished:July 29, 1988Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521314453

ISBN - 13:9780521314459

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction Wendy Martin; 2. Tradition and the female talent: The Awakening as a solitary book Elaine Showalter; 3. Revolt against nature: the problematic modernism of The Awakening; 4. The half-life of Edna Pontellier Andrew Delbanco; 5. Edna's wisdom: a transitional and numinous merging Cristina Giorcelli; Notes; Bibliography.