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Author Koloski, Bernard, 1937-

Title Kate Chopin : a study of the short fiction / Bernard Koloski.

Published New York : Twayne Pub. ; London : Prentice Hall International, [1996]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description xvi, 165 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Twayne's studies in short fiction ; no. 65.
Twayne's studies in short fiction ; no. 65.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-159) and index.
Contents Pt. 1. The Short Fiction. Bayou Folk. A Night in Acadie. A Vocation and a Voice. Children's Stories. Uncollected Stories -- Pt. 2. The Writer. The Western Association of Writers. "Crumbling Idols" by Hamlin Garland. The Real Edwin Booth. Emile Zola's "Lourdes" From "Confidences" In the Confidence of a Story-Writer. From "As You Like It," Part IV. On Certain Brisk, Bright Days -- Pt. 3. The Critics. Anna Shannon Elfenbein on "Desiree's Baby" Susan Lohafer on "Athenaise" Peggy Skaggs on Stories About Children. Mary E. Papke on "The Story of an Hour" Emily Toth on A Vocation and a Voice. Barbara C. Ewell on "A Pair of Silk Stockings" and "Neg Creol" Per Seyersted on "The Storm"
Summary In Kate Chopin: A Study of the Short Fiction, Bernard Koloski, who has explored the works of Kate Chopin for more than 25 years, argues that the writer's biculturalism, bilingualism, and life among intelligent, questioning people are the sources of her extraordinary vision, originality, and compassion as a short story writer. The first full-length treatment devoted exclusively to Chopin's stories, and the first since the 1930s to look at the stories outside - though not at all in opposition to - their place of honor among the works about women, the volume provides fresh insights into the writer's fiction. In a seamless, graceful presentation Koloski establishes the biographical, literary, historical, and cultural contexts for the appreciation of Chopin's stories and offers sensitive readings of selected works. Subsequent sections provide a sampling of Chopin's literary criticism, including essays on Emile Zola's Lourdes and Hamlin Garland's Crumbling Idols, and explore a quarter century of scholarly criticism, excerpting the writings of, among others, Peggy Skaggs on "Stories about Children" and Emily Toth on A Vocation and a Voice. The study, which is suitable for students at high school, college, and graduate levels, includes a preface, selected bibliography, chronology, and index.
Subject Chopin, Kate, 1850-1904 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Women and literature -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Short story.
Louisiana -- In literature.
ISBN 0805708650 (alk. paper)