The Awakening | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Barbara C. Ewell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of The Awakening.
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Critical Essay by Barbara C. Ewell

SOURCE: Ewell, Barbara C. “Unlinking Race and Gender: The Awakening as a Southern Novel.” Southern Quarterly 37, no. 3-4 (summer 1999): 30-37.

In the following essay, Ewell argues that both The Awakening and Chopin were heavily shaped by the tradition of Southern American literature.

We do not typically think of The Awakening as a southern novel, which (set in Louisiana and dealing with many Reconstruction issues, such as the post-war role of women and life in the upper classes) it certainly is. At the same time, we do customarily regard Kate Chopin as a southern writer—despite the fact that she was from St. Louis (albeit in a family of southern sympathizers) and that she only spent the thirteen years of her marriage in the South and that much of her fiction (fully a third) is not specifically southern...

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