By Barbara C. Ewell
Loyola University of New Orleans

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This listing of books and books of essays 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 books at a research or other large library. And you can find other lists of resources on this site:

Articles about Kate Chopin published since 2000
Articles about Kate Chopin published from 1985 through 1999
Articles about Kate Chopin published before 1985
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

In this listing, entries for books of essays include the authors, titles, and page numbers of the essays, arranged as they appear in the volumes. Many of the essays in such books have appeared earlier as journal articles. You can find entries for them on other pages of this site. The 1994 entry for Fick, Thomas H., and Eva Gold is a special journal issue that acts as a collection of essays.

Although “Kate Chopin” may not appear in the title, each book or book of essays listed here discusses Chopin’s work at some length. The newest books are listed first. [Updated 2 May 2024]

Schmitt, Rory O’Neill, and Rosary O’Neill. Kate Chopin in New Orleans. The History Press, 2024.

Koloski, Bernard. “Kate Chopin.” Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature, edited by Jackson Bryer, Oxford University Press, 2024 [update].

Fox, Heather A. Arranging Stories: Framing Social Commentary in Short Story Collections by Southern Women Writers. University Press of Mississippi, 2022.

Ostman, Heather. The New View from Cane River: Critical Essays on Kate Chopin’s At Fault. Louisiana State University Press, 2022.

Williams, Deborah Lindsay. “Absent Babies and Cosmopolitan Bananas: Fault Lines, Networks, and Modernity in At   Fault”: 13-31.

Aikens, Natalie. “Reconciling the (Post)Plantation in At Fault: Reunion Romance, Western Expansionism, and the (Neo)Liberal Turn”: 32-63.

Knight, Nadine M. “At Fault and Antebellum Nostalgia”: 64-83.

Toth, Emily. “So Melicent Is a Unitarian: Who’s at Fault?”: 84-96.

Koloski, Bernard. “What Hosmer Wants: Male Aspirations in At Fault: 97-114.

Bibler, Michael P. “Kate Chopin’s Queer Etiologies: What’s at Fault in the History of Sexuality”: 115-134.

Staunton, John A.  “Quick, Dead, and Widowed: Failed Reading of ‘Unwholesome Intellectual Sweets’ and the Importance of Knowing Whose Story You’re In”: 135-155.

Ostman, Heather. “Divorce and the New Woman: Precedents to Modernism in At Fault”: 156-174.

Moldow, Susan. “Personified Matter: Empowered Things in At Fault.” 175-195.

Gil, Eulalia Piñero. “‘Thérèse Was Love’s Prophet’: The Emotional Discourse and the Depiction of Feelings in At Fault”: 196-214.

Ferraro, Thomas J. Transgression and Redemption in American Fiction. Oxford University Press, 2020.

Fretwell, Erica. Sensory Experiments: Psychophysics, Race, and the Aesthetics of Feeling. Duke University Press, 2020.

Ostman, Heather. Kate Chopin and Catholicism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Humburg, Jasmin. Television and Precarity: Naturalist Narratives of Poor America. J.B. Metzler/Springer-Verlag, 2019.

Koloski, Bernard, ed. The Historian’s Awakening: Reading Kate Chopin’s Classic Novel as Social and Cultural History. Praeger, 2019.

Skaris, Katherine. Affective Labour in British and American Women’s Fiction, 1848-1915. Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2018.

Peiu, Anca Romantic Renderings of Selfhood in Classic American Literature. Bucharest: Editura C. H. Beck, 2017

Randall, Kelli V. American Realist Fictions of Marriage: From Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton to Frances Harper, Pauline Hopkins. Peter Lang, 2017. Modern American Literature: New Approaches: 68.

Ostman, Heather, and Kate O’Donoghue, eds. Kate Chopin in Context: New Approaches. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. The book contains these essays:

Koloski, Bernard. “Chopin’s Enlightened Men”: 15–27.

Walker, Rafael. “Kate Chopin and the Dilemma of Individualism”: 29–46.

Armiento, Amy Branam. “‘A quick conception of all that this accusation meant for her’: The Legal Climate at the Time of ‘Désirée’s Baby’”: 47–64.

Rossi, Aparecido Donizete. “The Gothic in Kate Chopin”: 65–82.

Gil, Eulalia Piñero. “The Pleasures of Music: Kate Chopin’s Artistic and Sensorial Synesthesia”: 83–100.

Ostman, Heather. “Maternity vs. Autonomy in Chopin’s ‘Regret’”: 101–15.

Toth, Emily. “The ‘I Hate Edna Club’”: 119–22.

Epelbaum, Diana. “Pioneering Kate Chopin’s Feminism: Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons as Patchwork Precursor to The Awakening”: 123–43.

Merricks, Correna Catlett. “‘I’m So Happy; It Frightens Me’: Female Genealogy in the Fiction of Kate Chopin and Pauline Hopkins”: 145–58.

Sehulster, Patricia J. “American Refusals: A Continuum of ‘I Prefer Not Tos’ as Articulated in the Work of Chopin, Hawthorne, Harper, Atherton, and Dreiser”: 159–72.

Rajakumar, Mohanalakshmi and Geetha Rajeswar. “What Did She Die of? ‘The Story of an Hour’ in the Middle East Classroom”: 173–85.

O’Donoghue, Kate. “Teaching Kate Chopin Using Multimedia”: 187–202.

Fertel, Rien. Imagining the Creole City: The Rise of Literary Culture in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans. Louisiana State UP, 2014.

Evans, Robert C., ed. Critical Insights: The Awakening. Ipswich, MA: Grey House, 2014. The book contains these essays:

Koloski, Bernard. “On The Awakening.” [How to Understand Edna Pontellier]: 2–15.

Rottgering, Courtney. “Biography of Kate Chopin”: 16–23.

Ulin, Julieann Veronica. “The Awakening and Impressionism”: 24–39.

Bray, Stephen Paul, and Sarah Fredericks, “The Chief Characters in The Awakening”: 40–58.

Evans, Robert C. “Surprises, Complications, Shifts, and Juxtapositions”: 59–73.

Evans, Robert C. “Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Huckleberry Finn”: 74–87.

Evans, Robert C. “Was The Awakening Banned or Burned?”: 90–111.

Dyer, Joyce. “A Letter to Students as They Read The Awakening”: 112–29.

Evans, Robert C. “Defending The Awakening”: 130–45.

Evans, Robert C. “In Defense of Robert Lebrun”: 146–61.

Melton, Jeffrey. “Tourism and Landscape in The Awakening.” 162–75.

Bonner, Thomas, Jr. “Kate Chopin’s The Awakening as Travel Literature.” 176–89.

Papke, Mary E. “Reading Chopin Reading.” 190–204.

Arner, Robert D. “Gendered Discourse in The Awakening.” 205–16.

Evans, Robert C. “Humor in The Awakening.” 217–31.

Ramos, Peter J. “The Awakening as a Cautionary Tale.” 232–45.

Wehner, David Z. “Reading The Awakening through Kate Chopin.” 246–60.

Beer, Janet, and Helena Goodwyn. “The Awakening: Authenticity and the Artist.” 261–74.

James Nagel. Race and Culture in New Orleans Stories: Kate Chopin, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and George Washington Cable. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2014.

Schmidt, Michael. The Novel: A Biography. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, Harvard UP, 2014.

Ruotolo, Cristina L. Sounding Real: Musicality and American Fiction at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. U of Alabama P, 2013.

Brosman, Catharine Savage. Louisiana Creole Literature: A Historical Study. UP of Mississippi, 2013.

Ryan, James Emmett. Faithful Passages: American Catholicism In Literary Culture, 1844–1931. Madison, WI: U of Wisconsin P, 2013.

McCloud, Kirsten. American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print. Sunderland, UK: The Bibelot P, 2013.

Wan, Xuemei. Beauty in Love and Death—An Aesthetic Reading of Kate Chopin’s Works [in Chinese]. China Social Sciences P, 2012.

Prenshaw, Peggy Whitman. Composing Selves: Southern Women and Autobiography. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2011.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. New York: Infobase, 2011. The book contains these essays:

Gilbert, Sandra M. “The Second Coming of Aphrodite: Kate Chopin’s Fantasy of Desire”: 3–28.

DeKoven, Marianne. “Gendered Doubleness and the ‘Origins’ of Modernist Form”: 29–52.

Rowe, John Carlos. “The Economics of the Body in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening”: 53–74.

Schweitzer, Ivy. “Maternal Discourse and the Romance of Self-Possession in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening”: 75–102.

Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. “Un-Utterable Longing: The Discourse of Feminine Sexuality in The Awakening”: 103–20.

Stange, Margit. “Exchange Value and the Female Self in The Awakening”: 121–36.

Pizer, Donald. “A Note on Kate Chopin’s The Awakening as Naturalistic Fiction”: 137–44.

Killeen, Jarlath. “Mother and Child: Realism, Maternity, and Catholicism in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening”: 145–70.

Callahan, Cynthia. Kin of Another Kind: Transracial Adoption in American Literature. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2010.

Koloski, Bernard, ed. Awakenings: The Story of the Kate Chopin Revival. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2009. The book contains these essays:

Toth, Emily. “My Part in Reviving Kate Chopin”: 15–31.

Ewell, Barbara C. “Linked Fortunes: Kate Chopin, the Short Story (and Me)”: 32–46.

Taylor, Helen. “Bringing Kate Chopin to Britain: A Transatlantic Perspective”: 47–60.

Solomon, Barbara H. “Creating the New American Library’s Awakening”: 61–76.

Papke, Mary E. “So Long As We Read Chopin”: 77–93.

Bonner, Thomas, Jr. “My Life with Kate Chopin”: 97–111.

Arner, Robert D. “On First Looking (and Looking Once Again) into Chopin’s Fiction: Kate and Ernest and ‘A Pair of Silk Stockings’”: 112–30.

Springer, Marlene. “The Death of Edna Pontellier and the Card Catalog”: 131–40.

Boren, Lynda S. “Romantic Overtures”: 141–54.

Lohafer, Susan. “Kate Chopin and the Future of Short Fiction Studies”: 157–72.

Elfenbein, Anna Shannon. “Reckoning with Race in The Awakening”: 173–83.

Koloski, Bernard. “Feeling the Countercurrent”: 184–98.

Brown, Kathleen L., and Peter Lev. Teaching Literary Theory Using Film Adaptations. Jefferson, N C: McFarland, 2009.

Hebert-Leiter, Maria. Becoming Cajun, Becoming American: The Acadian in American Literature from Longfellow to James Lee Burke. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2009.

Gale, Robert L. Characters and Plots in the Fiction of Kate Chopin. Jefferson, N C: McFarland, 2009.

Beer, Janet, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2008. The book contains these essays:

Toth, Emily. “What We Do and Don’t Know About Kate Chopin’s Life”: 13–26.

Campbell, Donna. “At Fault: A Reappraisal of Kate Chopin’s Other Novel”: 27–43.

Knights, Pamela. “Kate Chopin and the Subject of Childhood”: 44–58.

Castillo, Susan. “’Race’ and Ethnicity in Kate Chopin’s Fiction”: 59–72.

Joslin, Katherine. “Kate Chopin on Fashion in a Darwinian World”: 73–86.

Heilmann, Ann. “The Awakening and New Woman Fiction”: 87–104.

Worton, Michael. “Reading Kate Chopin through Contemporary French Feminist Theory”: 105–17.

Nolan, Elizabeth. “The Awakening As Literary Innovation: Chopin, Maupassant and the Evolution of Genre”: 118–31.

Horner, Avril. “Kate Chopin, Choice and Modernism”: 132–46.

Taylor, Helen. “Kate Chopin and Post-Colonial New Orleans”: 147–60.

Koloski, Bernard. “The Awakening: The First Hundred Years”: 161–173.

Ostman, Heather, ed. Kate Chopin in the Twenty-First Century: New Critical Essays. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. The book contains these essays:

Kornhaber, Donna, and David Kornhaber. “Stage and Status: Theatre in the Short Fiction of Kate Chopin”: 15–32.

Thrailkill, Jane F. “Chopin’s Lyrical Anodyne for the Modern Soul”: 33–52.

Johnsen, Heidi. “Kate Chopin in Vogue: Establishing a Textual Context for A Vocation and a Voice”: 53–69.

Batinovich, Garnet Ayers. “Storming the Cathedral: The Antireligious Subtext in Kate Chopin’s
Works”: 73–90.

Kirby, Lisa A. “‘So the storm passed . . .’: Interrogating Race, Class, and Gender
in Chopin’s ‘At the ’Cadian Ball’ and ‘The Storm’”: 91–104.

Frederich, Meredith. “Extinguished Humanity: Fire in Kate Chopin’s ‘The Godmother’”: 105–18.

Nisetich, Rebecca. “From ‘Shadowy Anguish’ to ‘The Million Lights of the Sun’: Racial Iconography in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening”: 121–36.

Chang, Li-Wen. “The Awakening: Chopin’s Reading of Leisure-Class Women in Ourland”: 137–57.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. New York: Chelsea House, 2008.

González Groba, Constante. On their Own Premises: Southern Women Writers and the Homeplace. Valencia, Spain: Universitat de València, 2008.

Gentry, Deborah S. The Art of Dying: Suicide in the Works of Kate Chopin and Sylvia Plath. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.

Arima, Hiroko. Beyond and Alone!: The Theme of Isolation in Selected Short Fiction of Kate Chopin, Katherine Anne Porter, and Eudora Welty. Lanham, MD: UP of America, 2006.

Beer, Janet. Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Studies in Short Fiction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Stein, Allen F. Women and Autonomy in Kate Chopin’s Short Fiction. New York: Peter Lang, 2005.

Felder, Deborah G. A Bookshelf of our Own: Works that Changed Women’s Lives. New York: Citadel, 2005.

White, Roberta. A Studio of One’s Own: Fictional Women Painters and the Art of Fiction. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2005.

Bomarito, Jessica, Jeffrey W. Hunter, and Amy Hudock. Feminism in Literature. Detroit, MI: Thomson Gale, 2004.

Lohafer, Susan. Reading for Storyness: Preclosure Theory, Empirical Poetics and Culture in the Short Story. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 2003.

Shaker, Bonnie James. Coloring Locals: Racial Formation in Kate Chopin’s Youth’s Companion Stories. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2003.

Birnbaum, Michele. Race, Work, and Desire in American Literature, 1860–1930. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2003.

Gilbert, Sandra M, ed. Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories. New York: Library of America, 2002.

Koloski, Bernard, ed. At Fault by Kate Chopin. New York, Penguin, 2002.

Perrin-Chenour, Marie-Claude. Kate Chopin: Ruptures [in French]. Paris, France: Belin, 2002.

Evans, Robert C. Kate Chopin’s Short Fiction: A Critical Companion. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill, 2001.

Green, Suzanne Disheroon, and David J. Caudle. At Fault: A Scholarly Edition with Background Readings. Knoxville, TN: U of Tennessee P, 2001.

Walker, Nancy A. Kate Chopin: A Literary Life. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave, 2001.

Toth, Emily. Unveiling Kate Chopin. Jackson, MS: UP of Mississippi, 1999.

Koloski, Bernard, ed. Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie by Kate Chopin. New York: Penguin, 1999.

Green, Suzanne Disheroon, and David J. Caudle. Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Works. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1999.

Toth, Emily, Per Seyersted, and Cheyenne Bonnell, eds. Kate Chopin’s Private Papers. Bloomington: Indiana University P, 1998.

Stange, Margit. Personal Prosperity: Wives, White Slaves, and the Market in Women. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 1998.

Beer, Janet. Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Studies in Short Fiction. New York: Macmillan–St. Martin’s, 1997.

Paris, Bernard J. Imagined Human Beings: A Psychological Approach to Character and Conflict in Literature. New York: New York UP, 1997.

Benfey, Christopher. Degas in New Orleans: Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington Cable. Berkeley: U of California P, 1997.

Koloski, Bernard. Kate Chopin: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1996.

Petry, Alice Hall, ed. Critical Essays on Kate Chopin. New York: G. K. Hall, 1996. The book contains these essays:

Pollard, Percival. “From Their Day in Court“: 67–70.

Reilly, Joseph J. “Stories by Kate Chopin”: 71–74.

Eble, Kenneth. “A Forgotten Novel: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening“: 75–82.

Thornton, Lawrence. “The Awakening: A Political Romance”: 85–98.

Bender, Bert. “Kate Chopin’s Quarrel with Darwin before The Awakening“: 99–116.

Bender, Bert. “The Teeth of Desire: The Awakening and The Descent of Man”: 117–28.

Skaggs, Peggy. “The Boy’s Quest in Kate Chopin’s ‘A Vocation and a Voice'”: 129–33.

Dyer, Joyce [Coyne]. “The Restive Brute: The Symbolic Presentation of Repression and Sublimation in Kate Chopin’s ‘Fedora'”: 134–38.

Arner, Robert D. “Pride and Prejudice: Kate Chopin’s ‘Désirée’s Baby'”: 139–46.

Sullivan, Ruth, and Stewart Smith. “Narrative Stance in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening“: 147–58.

Bauer, Margaret D. “Armand Aubigny, Still Passing After All These Years: The Narrative Voice and Historical Context of ‘Désirée’s Baby’”: 161–83.

Berkove, Lawrence I. “‘Acting Like Fools’: The Ill-Fated Romances of ‘At the ’Cadian Ball’ and ‘The Storm'”: 184–96.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. “Kate Chopin’s Fascination with Young Men”: 197–206.

Thomas, Heather Kirk. “‘The House of Sylvie’ in Kate Chopin’s ‘Athénaïse'”: 207–17.

Walker, Nancy A. “Her Own Story: The Woman of Letters in Kate Chopin’s Short Fiction”: 218–26.

Seidel, Kathryn Lee. “Picture Perfect: Painting in The Awakening“: 227–36.

Leder, Priscilla. “Land’s End: The Awakening and 19th-Century Literary Tradition”: 237–50.

Elfenbein, Anna Shannon. Women on the Color Line: Evolving Stereotypes and the Writings of George Washington Cable, Grace King, Kate Chopin. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1994.

Fick, Thomas H., and Eva Gold, guest eds. “Special Section: Kate Chopin.” Louisiana Literature: A Review of Literature and Humanities. Spring, 1994. 8–171. The special section of the journal contains these essays:

Toth, Emily. “Introduction: A New Generation Reads Kate Chopin”: 8–17.

Koloski, Bernard. “The Anthologized Chopin: Kate Chopin’s Short Stories in Yesterday’s and Today’s Anthologies”: 18–30.

Hotchkiss, Jane. “Confusing the Issue: Who’s ‘At Fault’?”: 31–43.

Menke, Pamela Glenn. “Fissure as Art in Kate Chopin’s ‘At Fault’”: 44–58.

Saar, Doreen Alvarez. “The Failure and Triumph of ‘The Maid of Saint Phillippe’: Chopin Rewrites American Literature for American Women”: 59–73.

Dyer, Joyce. “‘Vagabonds’: A Story without a Home”: 74–82.

Sempreora, Margot. “Kate Chopin as Translator: A Paradoxical Liberation”: 83–96.

Padgett, Jacqueline Olson. “Kate Chopin and the Literature of the Annunciation, with a Reading of ‘Lilacs’”: 97–107.

Day, Karen. “The ‘Elsewhere’ of Female Sexuality and Desire in Kate Chopin’s ‘A Vocation and a Voice’”: 108–17.

Cothern, Lynn. “Speech and Authorship in Kate Chopin’s ‘La Belle Zoraïde’”: 118–25.

Lundie, Catherine. “Doubly Dispossessed: Kate Chopin’s Women of Color”: 126–44.

Ellis, Nancy S. “Sonata No. 1 in Prose, the ‘Von Stoltz’: Musical Structure in an Early Work by Kate Chopin”: 145–56.

Ewell, Barbara C. “Making Places: Kate Chopin and the Art of Fiction”: 157–71.

Keesey Donald, The Awakening: Contexts for Criticism. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1994.

Culley, Margo, ed. The Awakening by Kate Chopin. 2nd, ed. New York: Norton, 1993.

Dyer, Joyce. The Awakening: A Novel of Beginnings. New York: Twayne, 1993.

Walker, Nancy. Kate Chopin: The Awakening (in the Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series). New York: St. Martins, 1993.

Boren, Lynda S., and Sara deSaussure Davis (eds.), Kate Chopin Reconsidered: Beyond the Bayou. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1992. The book contains these essays:

Toth, Emily. “Kate Chopin Thinks Back Through Her Mothers: Three Stories by Kate Chopin”: 15–25.

Bardot, Jean. “French Creole Portraits: The Chopin Family from Natchitoches Parish”: 26–35.

Thomas, Heather Kirk. “‘What Are the Prospects for the Book?’: Rewriting a Woman’s Life”: 36–57.

Barker, Deborah E. “The Awakening of Female Artistry”: 61–79.

Jacobs, Dorothy H. “The Awakening: A Recognition of Confinement”: 80–94.

Black, Martha Fodaski. “The Quintessence of Chopinism”: 95–113.

Rowe, John Carlos. “The Economics of the Body in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: 117–42.

Davis, Doris. “The Awakening: The Economics of Tension”: 143–53.

Ewell, Barbara C. “Kate Chopin and the Dream of Female Selfhood”: 157–65.

Joslin, Katherine. “Finding the Self at Home: Chopin’s The Awakening and Cather’s The Professor’s House”: 166–79.

Boren, Lynda S. “Taming the Sirens: Self-Possession and the Strategies of Art in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: 180–96.

Davis, Sara deSaussure. “Chopin’s Movement Toward Universal Myth”: 199–206.

Blythe, Anne M. “Kate Chopin’s ‘Charlie'”: 207–15.

Ellis, Nancy S. “Insistent Refrains and Self-Discovery: Accompanied Awakenings in Three Stories by Kate Chopin”: 216–29.

Hoder-Salmon, Marilyn. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening: Screenplay As Interpretation. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1992.

Ballenger, Grady, et al. Perspectives on KateChopin: Proceedings from the Kate Chopin International Conference, April 6, 7, 8, 1989. Natchitoches, LA: Northwestern State UP, 1992.

Toth, Emily, ed. A Vocation and a Voice by Kate Chopin. New York: Penguin, 1991.

Showalter, Elaine. Sister’s Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women’s Writing. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 1991.

Papke, Mary E. Verging on the Abyss: The Social Fiction of Kate Chopin and Edith Wharton. New York: Greenwood, 1990.

Toth, Emily. Kate Chopin. New York: Morrow, 1990.

Elfenbein, Anna Shannon. Women on the Color Line: Evolving Stereotypes and the Writings of George Washington Cable, Grace King, Kate Chopin. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1989.

Taylor, Helen. Gender, Race, and Region in the Writings of Grace King, Ruth McEnery Stuart, and Kate Chopin. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1989.

Bonner, Thomas Jr., The Kate Chopin Companion. New York: Greenwood, 1988.

Koloski, Bernard, ed. Approaches to Teaching Chopin’s The Awakening. New York: Modern Language Association, 1988. The book contains these essays:

Rosowski, Susan J. “The Awakening as a Prototype of the Novel of Awakening”: 26–33.

Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth. “The Awakening in the Context of the Experience, Culture, and Values of Southern Women”: 34–39.

Lattin, Patricia Hopkins. “Childbirth and Motherhood in The Awakening and in ‘Athénaïse'”: 40–46.

Bauer, Dale Marie, and Andrew M. Lakritz. “The Awakening and the Woman Question”: 47–52.

George, E. Laurie. “Women’s Language in The Awakening”: 53–59.

Toth, Emily. “A New Biographical Approach”: 60–66.

Walker, Nancy. “The Historical and Cultural Setting”: 67–72.

Papke, Mary E. “Chopin’s Stories of Awakening”: 73–79.

Skaggs, Peggy. “The Awakening‘s Relationship with American Regionalism, Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism”: 80–85.

Ewell, Barbara C. “The Awakening in a Course on Women in Literature”: 86–93.

Morris, Ann R., and Margaret M. Dunn. “The Awakening in an Introductory Literature Course”: 94–98.

Bonner, Thomas, Jr. “The Awakening in an American Literature Survey Course”: 99–103.

Sweet-Hurd, Evelyn. “The Awakening in a Research and Composition Course”: 104–06.

Jacobs, Jo Ellen. “The Awakening in a Course on Philosophical Ideas in Literature”: 107–13.

Solomon, Barbara H. “Characters as Foils to Edna”: 114–19.

Jones, Suzanne W. “Two Settings: The Islands and the City”: 120–25.

Dyer, Joyce. “Symbolism and Imagery in The Awakening”: 126–31.

Rogers, Nancy. “Stylistic Categories in The Awakening”: 132–37.

Thornton, Lawrence. “Edna as Icarus: A Mythic Issue”: 138–43.

Franklin, Rosemary F. “Edna as Psyche: The Self and the Unconscious”: 144–49.

Rankin, Elizabeth. “A Reader-Response Approach”: 150–55.

Martin, Wendy, ed. New Essays on The Awakening. New York: Cambridge UP, 1988. The book contains these essays:

Martin, Wendy. “Introduction”: 1–31.

Showalter, Elaine. “Tradition and the Female Talent: The Awakening As a Solitary Book”: 33–57.

Gilmore, Michael T. “Revolt Against Nature: The Problematic Modernism of The Awakening”: 59–87.

Delbanco, Andrew. “The Half-Life of Edna Pontellier”: 89–107.

Giorcelli, Christina. “Edna’s Wisdom: A Transitional and Numinous Merging”: 109–48.

Bauer, Dale M. Feminist Dialogics: A Theory of Failed Community. Albany: State Univ. of New York P, 1988.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Kate Chopin. New York: Chelsea, 1987. The book contains these essays:

Eble, Kenneth. “A Forgotten Novel”: 7–16.

Ziff, Larzer. “An Abyss of Inequality”: 17–24.

Ringe, Donald A. “Cane River World: At Fault and Related Stories”: 25–33.

Wolff, Cynthia Griffin. “The Fiction of Limits: ‘Désirée’s Baby’”: 35–42.

Rosowski, Susan J. “The Novel of Awakening”: 43–59.

Dyer, Joyce C. “Gouvernail, Kate Chopin’s Sensitive Bachelor”: 61–69.

Dyer, Joyce C. “Kate Chopin’s Sleeping Bruties”: 71–81.

Gardiner, Elaine. “‘Ripe Figs’: Kate Chopin in Miniature”: 83–87.

Gilbert, Sandra M. “The Second Coming of Aphrodite”: 89–113.

Lant, Kathleen Margaret. “The Siren of Grand Isle: Adèle’s Role in The Awakening”: 115–24.

Ewell, Barbara C. Kate Chopin. New York: Ungar, 1986.

Skaggs, Peggy. Kate Chopin. Boston: Twayne, 1985.

Toth, Emily, ed. Regionalism and the Female Imagination. New York: Human Sciences Press, 1984.

Stein, Allen F. After the Vows Were Spoken: Marriage in American Literary Realism. Columbus: Ohio UP, 1984.

Huf, Linda. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman: The Writer as Heroine in American Literature. New York: Ungar, 1983.

Baym, Nina, ed. The Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin. New York: Modern Library, 1981.

Christ, Carol P. Diving Deep and Surfacing: Women Writers on Spiritual Quest. Boston: Beacon, 1980.

Seyersted, Per, and Emily Toth. A Kate Chopin Miscellany. Natchitoches, LA: Northwestern State UP, 1979.

Springer, Marlene. Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin: A Reference Guide. Boston: Hall, 1976.

Cahill, Susan. Women and Fiction: Short Stories by and about Women. New York: New American Library, 1975.

Seyersted, Per, ed. “The Storm” and Other Stories by Kate Chopin: With The Awakening. Old Westbury: Feminist P, 1974.

Freedman, Florence B., et al. Special Issue: Whitman, Chopin, and O’Faolain. WWR, 1970.

Leary, Lewis, ed. The Awakening and Other Stories by Kate Chopin. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.

Seyersted, Per. Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1969.

Seyersted, Per, ed. The Complete Works of Kate Chopin. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1969.

Eble, Kenneth, ed. The Awakening by Kate Chopin. New York: Capricorn, 1964.

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Rankin, Daniel, Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1932.

For Scholars: How You Can Contribute to This Website draws on scholars’ discoveries and insights to offer accurate, up-to-date information about Kate Chopin and her work. We seek to incorporate scholarly contributions to the site in several ways:

Listings of scholarly books, book chapters, and articles about Chopin

We seek to be comprehensive, to list useful publications about Chopin. If you’ve published something we’ve missed, please tell us; we’ll be glad to add it. If a book or article we’ve listed is now available online, please send us the link and we’ll add that to the entry. You can find lists of scholarship at the bottom of those pages of the site devoted to a novel or short story.

References to scholars’ publications in questions and answers

When a visitor to the site poses a question, we try to direct readers to scholars’ publications in our answer. If we’ve missed your work in answering a question, tell us about that? If nobody has posed an important question that your publication deals with, write to us? You can find an example of scholars’ work being referred to in a question’s answer at many places on the site.

Direct appeals to scholars over answers to readers’ questions

At times we’ve asked scholars for their opinion on a subject posed by a visitor. When we received a question about the expression “yellow nurse” in “Désirée’s Baby,” we asked Emily Toth, Thomas Bonner, Jr., and Barbara C. Ewell to discuss the matter. If you would like us to call on you when a question comes up, write to us and explain the areas of Chopin’s work you are most interested in.

Direct contributions to the site

If you’re a scholar or an advanced graduate student and have something fresh to add about Chopin’s work or her life, we invite you to submit a brief comment for posting on the site. We’re thinking 300 to 400 words might be a good length for a comment too short for a full-fledged essay, or it might be an appropriate length for an excerpt from a conference presentation you’d like to share with a larger audience. We’ll include your name and your academic or other affiliation, we’ll keep your posting up on the site, and we’ll link it to from relevant pages on the site. For example, if you post a discussion about “The Story of an Hour,” we’ll link to it on the site’s page devoted to that story.

But do keep our readers in mind. During the academic year, often receives a thousand or more visits a day from people in countries around the world–students, scholars, teachers, librarians, journalists, translators, film makers, playwrights, book-club members, bloggers–readers of all kinds who come to the site for information about Chopin and her work. Please write clearly and avoid unnecessary jargon.

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We cannot know if your department or university will accept what we publish on as a contribution to your scholarly growth, but the  site receives hundreds of thousands of visits a year, so we are fairly confident that your work will be available to a large and interested readership. And information on the site is copyrighted.

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