Kate Chopin: Selected Criticism

Bibliography Prepared by Nicole Gharda, Lane McCluer, and Linda Rodriguez


  • Allen, Priscilla, "Old Critics and New: The Treatment of Chopin's The Awakening," in The Authority of Experience: Essays in Feminist Criticism (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1977): 224-238.


  • Bender, Bert, "The Teeth of Desire: The Awakening and The Descent of Man," American Literature 63 (1991): 459-473.


  • Bloom, Harold, ed., Kate Chopin (New York: Chelsea House, 1987).
          Especially Gilbert, Sandra. "The Siren of Grand Isle."


  • Boren, Lynda S. and Davis, Sara deSaussure, ed., Kate Chopin Reconsidered: Beyond the Bayou (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1992). This book is a collection of astute critical works, largely on The Awakening.


  • Deyo, C.L., "The Newest Books," in St. Louis Post-Dispatch 20 (May 1899): 4.


  • Ebel, Kenneth, "A Forgotten Novel: Kate Chopin's The Awakening," Western Humanities Review 10 (1956): 261-269.


  • Ewell, Barbara C., "Unlinking Race and Gender: The Awakening as a Southern Novel," The Southern Quarterly 37 (1999): 30-37.


  • Gilbert, Sandra, "The Second Coming of Aphrodite: Adele's Role in The Awakening," Southern Studies XXIII (1984): 167-176.


  • Leder, Priscilla, "Land's End: The Awakening and Nineteenth Century Literary Tradition," in Critical Essays on Kate Chopin (New York: G.K. Hall and Co., 1996): 237-250.


  • Martin, Wendy, ed. New Essays on the Awakening (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988).
          Especially Showalter, Elaine. "Tradition and the Female Talent: The Awakening as a Solitary Book."


  • Monroe, Lucy, "Chicago's New Books," in Book News March 1899: 387. This is the first review of The Awakening, released one month before its publication.


  • Porcher, Frances, "Kate Chopin's Novel," The Mirror 9 (May 1899):6.


  • Rankin, Daniel, Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1932).


  • Schweitzer, Ivy, "Maternal Discourse and the romance of self-possession in Kate Chopin's The Awakening," Boundary II (1990): 158-186.


  • Taylor, Helen, Gender, Race, and Region in the Writings of Grace King, Ruth McEnery Stuart, and Kate Chopin (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989).


  • Thomas, Heather Kirk, "Kate Chopin's Scribbling Women and the American Literary Marketplace," Studies in American Fiction 23 (1995):19-34.


  • Thornton, Lawrence, "The Awakening: A Political Romance," American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography 52 (1980): 50-66.


  • Toth, Emily, "Kate Chopin's The Awakening as Feminist Criticism," Louisiana Studies XV (1976): 241-251.


  • Toth, Emily, Kate Chopin (New York: William Morrow, 1990).


  • Wade, Carl A., "Conformity, Resistance, and the Search for Selfhood in Kate Chopin's The Awakening," Southern Quarterly 37 (1999): 92-104.


  • Walker, Nancy, "Feminist or Naturalist: The Social Context of Kate Chopin's The Awakening," Southern Quarterly 17 (1979): 95-103.


  • * Wolff, Cynthia Griffin, "Un-utterable Longing: The Discourse of Feminine Sexuality in The Awakening," Studies in American Fiction 24 (1996): 3-22.