2022 Centenary Muses Fall Study Series

Featuring Dr. Jefferson Hendricks
The Short Stories of Kate Chopin

This Fall, the Study Series will discuss several short stories - and a short novel - by the late 19th century Louisiana writer Kate Chopin. A native of St. Louis, Kate O'Flaherty married Oscar Chopin of Natchitoches Parish in 1870, at the age of twenty. They lived in New Orleans for almost ten years before relocating to Cloutierville, just south of Natchitoches, where they lived for five years before Oscar's death from malaria. Moving back to St. Louis, but never re-marrying, Kate Chopin would become a respected and well-published writer during her lifetime, focusing primarily on the exotic complexity of Creole Louisiana life as she saw it. Today, Chopin is considered one of America's essential authors, a feminist pioneer in writing about the inner lives of women as they seek spiritual, physical, and artistic freedom.

For this series, we will be using the Wordsworth Classics edition by Kate Chopin, entitled The Awakening and Selected Stories, edited by Keith Carabine. (ISBN: 184022584X).

  • October 4 - "A Point at Issue;" "Beyond the Bayou;" "At the 'Cadian Ball;" "Desirée's Baby"
  • October 18- "A Matter of Prejudice;" "A Respectable Woman;" "The Dream of an Hour;" "Lilacs;" "Regret"
  • October - "The Kiss;" "Athénaise;" "A Pair of Silk Stockings;" "The Storm"
  • November 1 - The Awakening

Please have the assignment for October 4 read before class. The book can be ordered from local bookstores and is available online.

Times: Choose either 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place: Jackson 304
Registration: $35

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