11. Kate Chopin

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Charlotte Rich Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch11

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Rich, C. (2010) Kate Chopin, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • Kate Chopin;
  • Kate Chopin's essay - critical of works of Midwestern authors, James Whitcomb Riley as being limited by their provincialism;
  • Chopin's fiction engaging repeatedly with - concept of New Woman, a newly emancipated, progressive female ideal;
  • Chopin's fiction, not providing a prescriptive answer to the Woman Question;
  • another early story by Chopin, implication that marriage is not for all women, idea taken up in New Woman novels;
  • “Madame Célestin's Divorce” and “In Sabine”- both questionning idea of the marriage bond as indissoluble, echoing New Woman's challenge in its patriarchal form;
  • Chopin's late story “Charlie” (1900) - Chopin's protagonists, a young woman violating conventions of nineteenth-century Southern womanhood


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading