Classics Reading Group - Discusses Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

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Classics Reading Group - Discusses Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

Tuesday January 5th, 2016 1:00 p.m.

Kate Chopin (1850–1904) is an American writer best known for her stories about the inner lives of sensitive, daring women. She is widely recognized as one of America’s essential authors. Chopin started writing in her thirties and within a decade published ninety five short stories, two novels as well as several poems and critical essays..   

Her stories are set in 
 late-nineteenth-century Louisiana, portraying  characters from all social classes of her time and place— Blacks, aristocratic Creoles, middle- and lower-class Acadians. Her stories explore relationships among various classes, relationships between men and women, and taboo subjects -- miscegenation, divorce, and female sexuality. 

The Awakening, Chopin's masterpiece,  is the story of Edna Pontellier who feels trapped in her stifling role as wife and mother, falls passionately in love with another man, and  abandons her family and friends and the conventions to pursue her passions.