THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Kate Chopin Literary Criticism

The Awakening

An essay by Marion Muirhead examining the protagonist of this novel, Edna Pontellier, and the role of language in the narrative, with reference to Michael Toolan's conversational turbulence model, and Norman Fairclough's Language and Power.
In this essay Sarah Klein explores how Chopin's novel, originally published in 1899, anticipates the modernist traits of much early twentieth-century work.
An essay on the novel with reference to Buddhist ideology.
A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction exploring this work and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper".

Lilacs

An essay by Jacqueline Olson Padgett of Trinity College Washington looking at similarities between the Story of the Annunciation and Chopin's text.

Beyond the Bayou

An essay by Manuel Jobert exploring paralinguistic vocal features in Chopin's story.