Kate Chopin: Early Feminist Writer Research Paper by jryan7428

Kate Chopin: Early Feminist Writer
An in-depth discussion of Kate Chopin as an early feminist writer.
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This paper presents the thesis that although she made use of the colorful culture of Louisiana in her works, Kate Chopin was the quintessential example of an early feminist writer. The paper first looks at other early feminist writers who included Ellen Glasgow and Grace King. The paper then turns to Chopin's background and the death of her husband and her mother that encouraged her writing career. The paper goes on to illustrate the feminist themes that were addressed in many of Chopin's works, especially her short stories.

Kate Chopin Was an Early Feminist Writer
Other Early Feminist Writers Included Ellen Glasgow and Grace King
Chopin Was Born into a Prominent St. Louis Family
Feminist themes were Addressed in Many of Chopin's Works, Especially Her Short Stories
Chopin is a Writer With Universal Appeal Because She Wrote of Women's Needs and Desires in an Era Where Women Were Told What They Needed

From the Paper:

"Kate Chopin was originally labelled a "local color" author. Her attention to peculiarities of speech and dialect, local customs, distinct ways of thinking and human nature allowed her to flourish. But she saw her primary responsibility as showing her readers the truth about life as she saw it, to write truthfully about the lives of women and men in the nineteenth century she herself knew (Manning 39). In many of her works, Chopin was able to transcend the label of "realism" and portray women who sought sexual and spiritual freedom while moored in the restrictive society of the nineteenth-century south. She fought the ideal of the place of southern women by challenging stereotypes or offering her characters social and sexual freedoms (Perry, 234). This somewhat modern way of thinking proves Chopin was not only a woman ahead of her time, but also a woman of her time (Manning 47)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barrett, Eilee, and Cullinan, Mary. American Women Writers. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992.
  • Bush, Robert. Grace King:A Southern Destiny. LSU Press, 1983.
  • Chopin, Kate. The Complete Works of Kate Chopin. Chicago: Louisiana State University Press,1969.
  • Gabler-Hover, Janet and Sattelmeyer, Robert. "Feminism-American History Through Literature."2006. eNotes. 25 April 2009 < <http://www.enotes.com/american-history-literature/>.
  • Green, Suzanne Disheroon and Caudle, David J. Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography ofCritical Works. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1999.

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