Eng 102 Kate Chopin 6PM

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Eng 102 Kate Chopin 6PM

  1. 1. Kate ChopinFebruary 8, 1850 - August 22, 1904
  2. 2. BornKatherine O’FlahertyFebruary 8, 1850St. Louis, MissouriDiedAugust 22, 1904 (age54) St. Louis, MissouriOccupationNovelist, short storywriterGenresRealistic Fiction
  3. 3. Difficult YearsMarried at age 20 (1870) to OscarChopinMoved to New Orleans were she borefive sons and one daughterHusband dies of malaria, leaving her awidow at age 32 (1882)Moved back to St. Louis where herObstetrician and family friend, Dr.Frederick Kolbenheyer, felt that writingwould be a source of therapeutic healingfor her during her hard timesBy the early 1890’s Kate was writingshort stories, articles and translationswhich appeared in periodicals, includingthe St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  4. 4. Works “Bayou Folk” “A Night in Acadie” “At the Cadian Ball” “Desiree’s Baby” “The Story of an Hour” “The Storm “A Pair of Silk Stockings” “The Locket” “Athenaise” “Lilacs” “At Fault” “Respectable Woman” “The UnexpectedWoman” “The Kiss” “Beyond Bayou” “Beauty of the Baby” “A No-Account Creole” “Fedora” “Madame Celestin’sDivorce” “The Awakening”
  5. 5. The Awakening1899
  6. 6. Writing Style• Straightforward• Modern• Insightful• Feminism• Realism• Naturalism
  7. 7. Writing InfluenceTaking into account her ancestry of Irish and French descent,and her years with Creole and Cajun influences in Louisiana.Slavery and womens rights were realities that sheincorporated in many of her stories and sketches, portrayingwomen in less than conventional manner, with individualwants and needs.Influenced by Guy de Maupassant
  8. 8. Sourceshttp://college.cengage.com/english/heath/syllabuild/iguide/chopin.htmlhttp://www.katechopin.org/biography.shtmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Chopin

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