ISBN-10:
1572331216
ISBN-13:
2901572331210
Pub. Date:
06/28/2001
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
At Fault: A Scholarly Edition with Background Readings / Edition 1

At Fault: A Scholarly Edition with Background Readings / Edition 1

by Kate Chopin
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Overview

Celebrated for her depictions of life among Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun peoples, Kate Chopin (1850-1904) is today seen as a major figure in southern literature. Her short stories and her last novel, The Awakening (1899), are widely read and studied. Unjustly neglected, however, is her first novel, At Fault, which Chopin published in 1890 at her own expense. This edition of At Fault—the first printing to appear since Chopin’s Complete Works was issued in 1969—now makes the book available to a wide audience.

The novel centers on Therese Lafirme, a widow who owns and runs a plantation in post-Civil War Louisiana. She encounters David Hosmer, who buys timber rights to her property to secure raw materials for his newly constructed sawmill. When David remarries, a love triangle develops between David, Fanny  (his alcoholic wife), and Therese, who tries to balance her strong moral sensibility against her growing love for David. In depicting these relationships, Chopin acutely dramatizes the conflict between growing industrialism and the agrarian traditions of the Old South—as well as the changes to the land and the society that inevitably resulted from that conflict.

Editors Suzanne Disheroon Green and David J. Caudle provide meticulous annotations to the text of At Fault, facilitating the reader’s understanding of the complex and exotic culture and language of nineteenth-century Louisiana. Also included is a substantial body of supporting materials thatcontextualize the novel, ranging from a summary of critical responses to materials illuminating the economic, social, historical, and religious influences on Chopin’s texts.

The Editors: Suzanne Disheroon Green is an assistant professor of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She is the co-author, with David J. Caudle, of Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Works, and co-editor with Lisa Abney, of the forthcoming Songs of the New South: Writing Contemporary Louisiana

David J. Caudle, who is completing his doctorate at the University of North Texas, has published essays and book chapters dealing with American literature and linguistic approaches to literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901572331210
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Edition description: 1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Disheroon Green is an assistant professor of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She is the co-author, with David J. Caudle, of Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Works, and co-editor with Lisa Abney, of the forthcoming Songs of the New South: Writing Contemporary Louisiana

David J. Caudle, who is completing his doctorate at the University of North Texas, has published essays and book chapters dealing with American literature and linguistic approaches to literature.

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
Editorial Practicesxvii
Introductionxix
Part 1
Chapter I.The Mistress of Place-Du-Bois3
Chapter II.At the Mill7
Chapter III.In the Pirogue11
Chapter IV.A Small Interruption16
Chapter V.In the Pine Woods19
Chapter VI.Melicent Talks24
Chapter VII.Painful Disclosures29
Chapter VIII.Treats of Melicent35
Chapter IX.Face to Face40
Chapter X.Fanny's Friends45
Chapter XI.The Self-Assumed Burden50
Chapter XII.Severing Old Ties53
Part 2
Chapter I.Fanny's First Night at Place-Du-Bois63
Chapter II."Neva To See You!"68
Chapter III.A Talk Under the Cedar Tree72
Chapter IV.Therese Crosses the River76
Chapter V.One Afternoon81
Chapter VI.One Night89
Chapter VII.Melicent Leaves Place-Du-Bois95
Chapter VIII.With Loose Rein100
Chapter IX.The Reason Why105
Chapter X.Perplexing Things110
Chapter XI.A Social Evening114
Chapter XII.Tidings That Sting121
Chapter XIII.Melicent Hears the News125
Chapter XIV.A Step Too Far130
Chapter XV.A Fateful Solution134
Chapter XVI.To Him Who Waits142
Chapter XVII.Conclusion146

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