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Approaches to Teaching Chopin's The Awakening

Editor(s): Bernard Koloski

Pages: xi & 170 pp.
Published: 1988
ISBN: 9780873525084

"This is a storehouse of ideas, all well-substantiated and provocative. The collection is a tribute to the value of The Awakening and a reflection of the best attitudes of the profession."
Mississippi Quarterly

"Besides the precise and detailed front and back matter from the editor, the twenty-one essays by faculty in English, history, and women's studies departments will certainly help the instructor...."
American Literature

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

An MLA survey taken in preparation for this volume indicates that teachers are using The Awakening in no fewer than twenty areas of the college curriculum--from freshman writing and textual linguistics to American literature and women's studies. The book is "something of a teacher's dream," writes Bernard Koloski; The Awakening is "an exceptionally rich work that rewards close literary analysis in surprising and exciting ways," the prose is clear and accessible--and the novel is short.

Like other volumes in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, the book is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Materials," surveys editions and anthologies, readings for students, background studies, biographical and critical works, and audiovisual aids. In part 2, "Approaches," twenty-three experienced teachers of The Awakening describe a variety of imaginative instructional strategies, from exploring the novel's theme of childbirth and motherhood to comparing the lead character, Edna, to the mythological figures of Icarus and Psyche.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Chopin's The Awakening

Bernard Koloski

Paperback Editions and Anthologies

Further Reading for Students

Further Reading for Teachers
Background Studies
Critical Studies

Aids to Teaching



Women's Experience

The Awakening as a Prototype of the Novel of Awakening
Susan J. Rosowski

The Awakening in the Context of the Experience, Culture, and Values of Southern Women
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese

Childbirth and Motherhood in The Awakening and in "Athénaïse"
Patricia Hopkins Lattin

The Awakening and the Woman Question
Dale Marie Bauer and Andrew M. Lakritz

Women's Language in The Awakening
E. Laurie George


A New Biographical Approach
Emily Toth

The Historical and Cultural Setting
Nancy Walker

Chopin's Stories of Awakening
Mary E. Papke

The Awakening's Relationship with American Regionalism, Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism
Peggy Skaggs

Course Contexts

The Awakening in a Course on Women in Literature
Barbara C. Ewell

The Awakening in an Introductory Literature Course
Ann R. Morris and Margaret M. Dunn

The Awakening in an American Literature Survey Course
Thomas Bonner, Jr.

The Awakening in a Research and Composition Course
Evelyn Sweet-Hurd

The Awakening in a Course on Philosophical Ideas in Literature
Jo Ellen Jacobs

Patterns That Yield Meaning

Characters as Foils to Edna
Barbara H. Solomon

Two Settings: The Islands and the City
Suzanne W. Jones

Symbolism and Imagery in The Awakening
Joyce Dyer

Stylistic Categories in The Awakening
Nancy Rogers

Edna as Icarus: A Mythic Issue
Lawrence Thornton

Edna as Psyche: The Self and the Unconscious
Rosemary F. Franklin

A Reader-Response Approach
Elizabeth Rankin

Works Cited


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