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American Lit: Lit Circles: The Awakening

Lit Circles 2016-17

Review

 "Quite uninhibited and beautifully written..." -Edmund Wilson

Author: Kate Chopin

Setting: Grand Isle, Off the Coast of Louisiana

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Summary

"When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin's daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the straitened confines of her domestic situation.
Aside from its unusually frank treatment of a then-controversial subject, the novel is widely admired today for its literary qualities."