She was bilingual and bicultural—feeling at home in different communities with quite different values—and the influence of French life and literature on her thinking is noticeable throughout her fiction.
And some readers struggle with the dialect spoken by characters in the story. Is Kate Chopin advocating for motherhood in this story?
Scholars have been discussing that for a long time. It is with the institutional dimension that Chopin mainly engages in her fiction. However, it is interesting to note that she also gives examples of motherhood as creative and reparative, especially when motherhood is an adopted rather than natural role.
Do you know what it could be? You may be thinking of the closing sentence of The Awakening: Chopin is capturing what her characters sound like as they speak, so it may be helpful to hear the story, rather than read it.
For her, as for Mark Twain and others of her generation, recording accurately the way people spoke was an important part of being a good writer.
Louisiana at the time was just a decade or so away from slavery. Chopin does not pretend that the color line is gone, that African Americans enjoy complete freedom and equality, or that everyone lives in racial harmony with everyone else. There are racial tensions in several of her stories.
Chopin was, of course, a nineteenth-century, white, Southern woman, but she was also deeply steeped in French culture, being bilingual and bi-cultural from birth. She shares both American and European attitudes toward race, and she always sees more than her characters do.
She had learned to apply her in inborn French simplicity and clarity, logic and precision, and the Gallic sense of form, economy of means, and restraint, together with the pathos and humor, the warmth and gaiety of the Irish.
Edited by Per Seyersted. Louisiana State UP, Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie. Edited by Bernard Koloski. Complete Novels and Stories. Edited by Sandra Gilbert. Library of America, Louisiana State UP, Informations.
Title: European journal of American studies Briefly: A journal presenting the research of European specialists of the United States. Publisher. Per Eynert Seyersted (18 May – 3 April ) was a Professor of American Literature at the American Institute at the University of Oslo.
Seyersted was born in Oslo. He earned his master's degree at Harvard University in and earned his doctoral degree (dr. philos.) in . Per Seyersted Per Seyersted also published in Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography, which remains in print.
He lived and was a professor of American literature at the University of Oslo. Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography by. Per Seyersted.
· Rating details · 11 Ratings · 3 Reviews Kate Chopin was a nationally acclaimed short story artist of the local-color school when, in she shocked the American reading public with THE AWAKENING, a novel that much resembles MADAME BOVARY.
Though the critics praised the artistic /5. For purposes of comparison, I will use the article “Kate Chopin and the American Realists” by Per Seyersted as a basis for the argument of the feminist perspective, and the article “Feminist or Naturalist” by Nancy Walker as a basis for the argument of the naturalist perspective.
Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Studies in Short Fiction New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Stein, Allen F. Women and Autonomy in Kate Chopin’s Short Fiction New York: Peter Lang, Walker, Nancy A. Kate Chopin: A Literary Life Basingstoke, England: Palgrave, Koloski, Bernard.