By Barbara C. Ewell
Loyola University of New Orleans

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This listing of journal articles about Kate Chopin and her work draws on Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Works by Suzanne Disheroon Green and David J. Caudle, Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin: A Reference Guide by Marlene Springer, “Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography”in the Bulletin of Bibliography by Thomas Bonner, and the databases of the Modern Language Association and ProQuest, among other sources.You can find most of these articles at a research or other large library. Many of them are available online through a library. And you can find other lists of resources on this site:

Books and books of essays about Kate Chopin and her work
Articles about Kate Chopin published since 2000
Articles about Kate Chopin published from 1985 through 1999
Kate Chopin translations and scholarship into German
Kate Chopin translations and scholarship into Portuguese
Kate Chopin translations and scholarship in Spain
PhD dissertations about Kate Chopin

Although “Kate Chopin” may not appear in the title, each article listed here discusses Chopin’s work at some length. The newest articles are listed first.

Franklin, Rosemary F. “The Awakening and the Failure of Psyche.” American Literature 56.4 (1984): 510–16.

Roscher, Marina L. “The Suicide of Edna Pontellier: An Ambiguous Ending?” Southern Studies 23.3 (1984): 289–97.

Dyer, Joyce Coyne. “A Note on Kate Chopin’s ‘the White Eagle.’ ” Arizona Quarterly 40.2 (1984): 189–92.

Lant, Kathleen Margaret. “The Siren of Grand Isle: Adele’s Role in The Awakening.” Southern Studies 23.2 (1984): 167–75.

Collins, Robert. “The Dismantling of Edna Pontellier: Garment Imagery in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Southern Studies 23.2 (1984): 176–97.

Gannon, Barbara C. “Kate Chopin: A Secondary Bibliography.” American Literary Realism 17.1 (1984): 124–29.

Springer, Marlene, and Joan Gilson. “Edith Wharton: A Reference Guide Updated.” Resources for American Literary Study 14.1–2 (1984): 85–111.

Grover, Dorys Crow. “Kate Chopin and the Bayou Country.” JASAT (Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas) 15 (1984): 29–34.

Burchard, Gina M. “Kate Chopin’s Problematical Womanliness: The Frontier of American Feminism.” JASAT (Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas) 15 (1984): 35–45.

White, Robert. “Inner and Outer Space in The Awakening.” Mosaic 17.1 (1984): 97–109.

Dyer, Joyce Coyne. “Lafcadio Hearn’s Chita and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: Two Naturalistic Tales of the Gulf Islands.” Southern Studies 23.4 (1984): 412–26.

Gilbert, Sandra M. “The Second Coming of Aphrodite: Kate Chopin’s Fantasy of Desire.” Kenyon Review 5.3 (1983): 42–66.

Leder, Priscilla. “An American Dilemma: Cultural Conflict in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Southern Studies 22.1 (1983): 97–104.

Walker, Nancy. “Women Drifting: Drabble’s the Waterfall and Chopin’s The Awakening.” Denver Quarterly 17.4 (1983): 88–96.

Rogers, Nancy E. “Echoes of George Sand in Kate Chopin.” Revue de Littérature Comparée 57.1 (1983): 25–42.

Dyer, Joyce Coyne. “Epiphanies through Nature in the Stories of Kate Chopin.” University of Dayton Review 16.3 (1983): 75–81.

Gardiner, Elaine. “‘Ripe Figs’: Kate Chopin in Miniature.” Modern Fiction Studies 28.3 (1982): 379–82.

Fluck, Winfried. “Tentative Transgressions: Kate Chopin’s Fiction as a Mode of Symbolic Action.” Studies in American Fiction 10.2 (1982): 151–71.

Lattin, Patricia Hopkins. “The Search for Self in Kate Chopin’s Fiction; Simple Versus Complex Vision.” Southern Studies 21.2 (1982): 222–35.

Levine, Robert S. “Circadian Rhythms and Rebellion in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Studies in American Fiction 10.1 (1982): 71–81.

Miner, Madonne M. “Veiled Hints: An Affective Stylist’s Reading of Kate Chopin’s ‘Story of an Hour.’ ” Markham Review 11 (1982): 29–32.

Webb, Bernice Larson. “Four Points of Equilibrium in The Awakening.” South Central Bulletin 42.4 (1982): 148–51.

Bonner, Thomas, Jr. “Christianity and Catholicism in the Fiction of Kate Chopin.” Southern Quarterly 20.2 (1982): 118–25.

Dyer, Joyce Coyne. “Night Images in the Work of Kate Chopin.” American Literary Realism 14.2 (1981): 216–30.

Springer, Marlene. “Kate Chopin: A Reference Guide Updated.” Resources for American Literary Study 11.2 (1981): 280–81.

Dyer, Joyce. “Gouvernail, Kate Chopin’s Sensitive Bachelor.” Southern Literary Journal 14.1 (1981): 46–55.

Toth, Emily. “Kate Chopin and Literary Convention: “Désirée’s Baby”.” Southern Studies 20.2 (1981): 201–08.

Dyer, Joyce. “The Restive Brute: The Symbolic Presentation of Repression and Sublimation in Kate Chopin’s ‘Fedora.’ “ Studies in Short Fiction 18.3 (1981): 261–65.

Klemans, Patricia A. “The Courageous Soul: Woman as Artist in American Literature.” CEA Critic: 43.4 (1981): 39–43.

Barrett, Phyllis W. “More American Adams: Women Heroes in American Fiction.” Markham Review 10 (1981): 39–41.

Portales, Marco A. “The Characterization of Edna Pontellier and the Conclusion of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Southern Studies 20.4 (1981): 427–36.

Dyer, Joyce. “Symbolic Setting in Kate Chopin’s ‘A Shameful Affair.’ ” Southern Studies 20.4 (1981): 447–52.

Dyer, Joyce C. “Kate Chopin’s Sleeping Bruties.” Markham Review 10 (1980): 10–15.

Thornton, Lawrence. “The Awakening: A Political Romance.” American Literature 52.1 (1980): 50–66.

Wolstenholme, Susan. “Kate Chopin’s Sources for ‘Mrs. Mobry’s Reason’.” American Literature 51.4 (1980): 540–43.

Macpike, Loralee. “The Social Values of Childbirth in the Nineteenth1Century Novel.” International Journal of Women’s Studies 3 (1980): 117–30.

Lattin, Patricia Hopkins. “Kate Chopin’s Repeating Characters.” Mississippi Quarterly 33 (1980): 19–37.

Wymard, Eleanor B. “Kate Chopin: Her Existential Imagination.” Southern Studies 19.4 (1980): 373–84.

Skaggs, Peggy. “The Boy’s Quest in Kate Chopin’s ‘A Vocation and a Voice.’ ” American Literature 51.2 (1979): 270–76.

House, Elizabeth Balkman. “The Awakening: Kate Chopin’s ‘Endlessly Rocking’ Cycle.” Ball State University Forum 20.2 (1979): 53–58.

Rosowski, Susan J. “The Novel of Awakening.” Genre 12 (1979): 313–32.

Lattin, Patricia Hopkins. “Kate Chopin’s Repeating Characters.” Mississippi Quarterly 33 (1979): 19–37.

McIlvaine, Robert. “Two Awakenings: Edna Pontellier and Helena Richie.” Regionalism and the Female Imagination 4.3 (1979): 44–48.

Mayer, Charles W. “Isabel Archer, Edna Pontellier, and the Romantic Self.” Research Studies 47 (1979): 89–97.

Walker, Nancy. “Feminist Or Naturalist: The Social Context of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Southern Quarterly 17.2 (1979): 95–103.

Howell, Elmo. “Kate Chopin and the Pull of Faith: A Note on ‘Lilacs.’ ” Southern Studies 18 (1979): 103–09.

Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth. “Kate Chopin’s Awakening.” Southern Studies 18 (1979): 261–90.

Paulsen, Anne-Lise Stromness. “The Masculine Dilemma in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Southern Studies 18 (1979): 381–424.

Casale, Ottavio Mark. “Beyond Sex: The Dark Romanticism of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Ball State University Forum 19.1 (1978): 76–80.

Cantarow, Ellen. “Sex, Race, and Criticism: Thoughts of a White Feminist on Kate Chopin and Zora Neale Hurston.” Radical Teacher 9 (1978): 30–33.

Lattin, Patricia Hopkins. “Childbirth and Motherhood in Kate Chopin’s Fiction.” Regionalism and the Female Imagination 4.1 (1978): 8–12.

Justus, James H. “The Unawakening of Edna Pontellier.” Southern Literary Journal 10.2 (1978): 107–22.

Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. “Kate Chopin and the Fiction of Limits: ‘Desiree’s Baby.’ ” Southern Literary Journal 10.2 (1978): 123–33.

Candela, Gregory L. “Walt Whitman and Kate Chopin: A further Connection.” Walt Whitman Review 24 (1978): 163–65.

Bonner, Thomas, Jr. “Kate Chopin’s At Fault and The Awakening: A Study in Structure.” Markham Review 7 (1977): 10–14.

—. “Kate Chopin’s Bayou Folk Revisited.” New Laurel Review 7.2 (1977): 5–14.

Berggren, Paula S. “‘A Lost Soul’: Work without Hope in The Awakening.” Regionalism and the Female Imagination 3.1 (1977): 1–7.

Dash, Irene. “The Literature of Birth and Abortion.” Regionalism and the Female Imagination 3.1 (1977): 8–13.

Toth, Emily. “Kate Chopin’s Music.” Regionalism and the Female Imagination 3.1 (1977): 28–29.

—“Kate Chopin Bibliography.” Regionalism and the Female Imagination 3.1 (1977): 45–48.

—“Timely and Timeless: The Treatment of Time in The Awakening and Sister Carrie.” Southern Studies 16 (1977): 271-76.

—. “Comment on Barbara Bellow Watson’s ‘On Power and the Literary Text’ (Vol. 1, no. 1).” Signs 1.4 (1976): 1005–.

Tompkins, Jane P. “The Awakening: An Evaluation.” Feminist Studies 3.3–4 (1976): 22–9.

Toth, Emily. “Some Introductory Notes on Women Regionalists.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.2 (1976): 1–4.

Borish, Elaine. “The Awakening Awakens England.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.1 (1976): 1–5.

Bakerman, Jane S. “Gene Stratton-Porter Reconsidered.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.3 (1976): 1–7.

Davidson, Cathy N. “Geography as Psychology in the Manitoba Fiction of Margaret Laurence.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.2 (1976): 5–10.

Hardmeyer, Steven G. “A Student’s Response to The Awakening.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.1 (1976): 6–.

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Colorful Characters from Kate’s Past.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.1 (1976): 7–12.

Gros-Louis, Dolores. “Pens and Needles: Daughters and Mothers in Recent Canadian Literature.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.3 (1976): 8–13.

Fetterley, Judith. “The Struggle for Authenticity: Growing Up Female in the Old Order.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.2 (1976): 11–19.

Morrow, Patrick D. “Power Behind the Throne: Ina Coolbrith and the Politics of Submission.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.1 (1976): 13–18.

O’Brien, Sharon. “Sentiment, Local Color, and the New Woman Writer: Kate Chopin and Willa Cather.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.3 (1976): 16–24.

Toth, Susan Allen. “Character Studies in Rose Terry Cooke: New Faces for the Short Story.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.1 (1976): 19–26.

Geary, Edward A. “Women Regionalists of Mormon Country.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.2 (1976): 20–26.

Wilson, Mary Helen. “Kate Chopin’s Family: Fallacies and Facts, Including Kate’s True Birthdate.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.3 (1976): 25–31.

Hobbs, Glenda. “Hariette Arnow’s Kentucky Novels: Beyond Local Color.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.2 (1976): 27–32.

Morgan, Ellen. “The Atypical Woman: Nan Prince in the Literary Transition to Feminism.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.2 (1976): 33–37.

Toth, Susan Allen. ” ‘Ihe Rarest and most Peculiar Grape’: Versions of the New England Woman in 19th-Century Local Color Literature.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 2.2 (1976): 38–45.

Toth, Emily. “Kate Chopin’s The Awakening as Feminist Criticism.” Louisiana Studies 15 (1976): 241–51.

Webb, Bernice Larson. “The Circular Structure of Kate Chopin’s Life and Writing.” New Laurel Review 6.1 (1976): 5–14.

Jasenas, Elaine. “The French Influence in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 4 (1976): 312–22.

Muhlenfeld, Elisabeth S. “Kate Chopin.” American Literary Realism, 1870–1910 8 (1975): 222–24.

Bonner, Thomas, Jr. “Kate Chopin’s European Consciousness.” American Literary Realism, 1870–1910 8 (1975): 281–84.

Andrews, William L. “An Addition to Kate Chopin’s Poetry.” American Notes and Queries 13 (1975): 117–18.

Bonner, Thomas, Jr. “Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography.” Bulletin of Bibliography 32 (1975): 101–05.

Gaude, Pamela. “Kate Chopin’s ‘The Storm’: A Study of Maupassant’s Influence.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.2 (1975): 1–6.

Berke, Jacqueline. “Kate Chopin’s Call to a Larger ‘Awakening.’ ” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.3 (1975): 1–5.

Davidson, Cathy N. “Chopin and Atwood: Woman Drowning, Woman Surfacing.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.3 (1975): 6–10.

Rowe, Anne. “A Note on ‘Beyond the Bayou.’ “ Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.2 (1975): 7–9.

Toth, Emily. “The Cult of Domesticity and ‘A Sentimental Soul.’ ” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.2 (1975): 9–16.

Gartner, Carol B. “Three Ednas.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.3 (1975): 11–20.

Warnken, William. “Fire, Light, and Darkness in Kate Chopin’s At Fault.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.2 (1975): 17–27.

Toth, Emily. “Kate Chopin Remembered.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.3 (1975): 21–27.

Culley, Margo. “Kate Chopin and Recent Obscenities.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.2 (1975): 28–29.

“The Practical Side of Oscar Chopin’s Death.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.3 (1975): 29–.

Toth, Emily. “Some Problems in Kate Chopin Scholarship.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.2 (1975): 30–3.

—. “Kate Chopin Bibliography.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.3 (1975): 32,38; 28–34; 47–48.

—. “The Misdated Death of Oscar Chopin.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.2 (1975): 34–.

—. “Kate Chopin Bibliography.” Kate Chopin Newsletter 1.2 (1975): 35–40.

Arner, Robert. “Kate Chopin.” Louisiana Studies 14.1 (1975): 11–139.

Skaggs, Peggy. “‘The Man-Instinct of Possession’: A Persistent Theme in Kate Chopin’s Stories.” Louisiana Studies 14 (1975): 277–85.

Toth, Emily. “The Independent Woman and ‘Free’ Love.” Massachusetts Review 16.4 (1975): 647–64.

Ladenson, Joyce Ruddel. “The Return of St. Louis’ Prodigal Daughter: Kate Chopin After Seventy Years.” Midamerica 2 (1975): 24–34.

Wheeler, Otis B. “The Five Awakenings of Edna Pontellier.” Southern Review 11 (1975): 118–28.

Koloski, Bernard J. “The Structure of Kate Chopin’s At Fault.” Studies in American Fiction 3 (1975): 89–95.

Ringe, Donald A. “Cane River World: Kate Chopin’s At Fault and Related Stories.” Studies in American Fiction 3 (1975): 157–66.

O’Brien, Sharon. “The Limits of Passion: Willa Cather’s Review of The Awakening.” Women & Literature 3.2 (1975): 10–20.

Koloski, Bernard J. “The Swinburne Lines in The Awakening.” American Literature 45.4 (1974): 608–10.

Skaggs, Peggy. “Three Tragic Figures in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Louisiana Studies 13 (1974): 345–64.

Warnken, William P. “Kate Chopin and Henry Ibsen: A Study of The Awakening and A Doll’s House.” Massachusetts Studies in English 4.4–5 (1974): 43–49.

Bender, Bert. “Kate Chopin’s Lyrical Short Stories.” Studies in Short Fiction 11 (1974): 257–66.

Wolff, Cynthia G. “Thanatos and Eros: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” American Quarterly 25 (1973): 449–71.

Milliner, Gladys W. “The Tragic Imperative: The Awakening and The Bell Jar.” Mary Wollstonecraft Newsletter 2.1 (1973): 21–27.

Sullivan, Ruth, and Stewart Smith. “Narrative Stance in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Studies in American Fiction 1 (1973): 62–75.

Ringe, Donald A. “Romantic Imagery in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” American Literature 43.4 (1972): 580–88.

Arner, Robert D. “Pride and Prejudice: Kate Chopin’s ‘Desiree’s Baby.’ ” Mississippi Quarterly 25 (1972): 131–40.

Rocks, James E. “Kate Chopin’s Ironic Vision.” Revue de Louisiane/Louisiana Review l.2 (1972): 110–20.

Seyersted, Per, Daniel Aaron, and Sigmund Skard. “Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography.” Edda: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Litteraturforskning/Scandinavian Journal of Literary Research 71 (1971): 341–66.

Rosen, Kenneth M. “Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: Ambiguity as Art.” Journal of American Studies 5 (1971): 197–99.

Arner, Robert D. “Characterization and the Colloquial Style in Kate Chopin’s ‘Vagabonds.’ ” Markham Review 2 (1971): 110–12.

Spangler, George M. “Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: A Partial Dissent.” Novel 3.3 (1970): 249–55.

Seyersted, Per. “Kate Chopin (1851–1904).” American Literary Realism, 1870–1910 3 (1970): 153–59.

Butcher, Philip. “Two Early Southern Realists in Revival.” College Language Association Journal 14 (1970): 91–95.

Arner, Robert D. “Landscape Symbolism in Kate Chopin’s At Fault. ” Louisiana Studies 9 (1970): 142–53.

—. “Kate Chopin’s Realism: ‘At the ‘Cadian Ball’ and ‘The Storm.’ ” Markham Review 2.2 (1970): (1)–4).

Potter, Richard H. “Kate Chopin and Her Critics: An Annotated Checklist.” Missouri Historical Society Bulletin 26 (1970): 306–17.

Leary, Lewis. “Kate Chopin, Liberationist?” Southern Literary Journal 3 (1970): 138–44.

May, John R. “Local Color in The Awakening.” Southern Review 6 (1970): 1031–40.

Zlotnick, Joan. “A Woman’s Will: Kate Chopin on Selfhood, Wifehood, and Motherhood.” Markham Review 3 (1968): 1–5.

Leary, Lewis. “Kate Chopin’s Other Novel.” Southern Literary Journal 1.1 (1968): 60–74.

Arms, George. “Kate Chopin’s The Awakening in the Perspective of Her Literary Career.” Essays on American Literature in Honor of Jay B. Hubbell. Ed. Clarence Gohdes. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1967. 215–28.

Fletcher, Marie. “The Southern Woman in the Fiction of Kate Chopin.” Louisiana History 7 (1966): 117–32.

Eble, Kenneth. “A Forgotten Novel: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening.” Western Humanities Review 10 (1956): 261–69.

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