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The Awakening (1899): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Kate Chopin's The Awakening

Library Databases

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Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about The Awakening. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • American Diversity, American Identity: The Lives and Works of 145 Writers Who Define the American Experience
  • American Women Writers [vol 1]
  • American Writers [supl 1, part 1]
  • Contemporary Authors [vol 122]
  • The Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English and American Literature from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century [vol 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 1]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 1]
  • Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin: A Reference Guide
  • Great Lives from History: American Women Series [vol 2]
  • The Kate Chopin Companion
  • Masterplots [vol 1]
  • Masterplots II: Women's Literature Series [vol 1]
  • Modern American Literature [vols 1, 4]
  • The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography [vol 25]
  • Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (NCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 20] - locate the topical essay "The Bildungsroman in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 104] - locate the topical essay "The Sea in Nineteenth-Century English and American Literature"
    • [vol 116] - locate the topical essay "Literature of the New South"
    • [vol 120] - locate the topical essay "American Realism"
    • [vol 152] - locate the topical essay "The Bildungsroman in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 164] - locate the topical essays "Gender in Nineteenth-Century Literature" and "Decadence in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 176] - locate the topical essay "Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 180] - locate the topical essay "Homosexuality in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
    • [vol 184] - locate the topical essay "The American Literary Renaissance"
    • [vol 188] - locate the topical essay "Regionalism and Local Color in Nineteenth-Century Literature"
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 1]
  • Novels for Students [vol 3]
  • The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 5, 14] - Check under The Awakening in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
    • [vol 94] - locate the topical essay "Women in Modern Literature"
    • [vol 138] - locate the topical essay "Racism in Literature"

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Chopin, Kate

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Kate Chopin, as well criticism and interpretation of her work.

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