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Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman : studies in short fiction
Beer, Janet, 1956-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
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x, 223 pages ; 23 cm

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PS374.S5 B44 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A wide range of short fiction by Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman is the focus for this study, examining both genre and theme. Chopin's short stories, Wharton's novellas, Chopin's frankly erotic writing and the homilies in which Gilman warns of the dangers of the sexually transmitted disease are compared. There are also essays on ethnicity in the work of Chopin, Wharton's New England stories, Gilman's innovative use of genre and 'The Yellow Wallpaper' on film. All three writers are still popular in US classrooms in particular. This paperback edition includes a new Preface to the material, providing a useful update on recent scholarship.

Author Notes

JANET BEER is Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of Humanities, Law and Social Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She has lectured and published extensively on late nineteenth/early twentieth century American women's writing, and is currently working on a book, in collaboration with Avril Horner, on the figure of the older woman in Edith Wharton's fiction (to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006). Her other publications include Special Relationships: Anglo-American Affinities and Antagonisms, 1854-1936 (co-edited with Bridget Bennett, 2002), American Feminism: Key Source Documents,1848-1920 (editor, 2002), and Edith Wharton (2001).

Table of Contents

Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edith Wharton: Studies in Short Fiction--An Introduction
'da you is, settin' down, lookin' jis' like w'ite folks!' Ethnicity Enacted in Kate Chopin's Short Fiction
Without End: The Shape and Form of Desire in Kate Chopin's Short Fiction
Kate Chopin's Short Stories--on the Verge(s) of Narrative
Edith Wharton and the Coherence of the Novella: From Initiation to Disillusion
Edith Wharton, Literary Ghosts and the Writing of New England
The Means and Ends of Genre in the Short Fiction of Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Analogues--Reiterating the Social Health
'The Yellow Wallpaper' on Film--Dramatizing Mental Illness
References and Bibliography