Registration open for 2022 Centenary Muses Fall Study Series

SHREVEPORT, LA — The 2022 Centenary Muses Fall Study Series will focus on the work of 19th century writer Kate Chopin, with discussion of several short stories alongside her famous novel, The Awakening. Dr. Jefferson Hendricks, professor of English at Centenary College, will lead the study series this fall.

The Muses Study Series meets once a week for four weeks in Jackson Hall 304 on the Centenary campus. Participants can choose from a morning session from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m. or an evening session from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The series costs $35 and registration is available at

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 died of 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 her impressions of the complexity of Creole Louisiana life. Today, Chopin is considered one of America's essential authors, a feminist pioneer writing about the inner lives of women as they seek spiritual, physical, and artistic freedom.

The Muses Study Series will use the Wordsworth Classics edition, The Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin, edited by Keith Carabine. (ISBN: 184022584X). The book can be ordered from local bookstores and is available online.

Fall 2022 Muses Study Series Schedule

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 25 - "The Kiss;” "Athénaise;” "A Pair of Silk Stockings;” "The Storm"

November 1 - The Awakening


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