“Alien hands”: Kate Chopin and the colonization of race.

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  • Author(s): Birnbaum, Michele A.
  • Source:
    American Literature; June 1994, Vol. 66, p301-323, 23p
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subjects:
      Race relations in literature; Imperialism & literature; Women in literature; Self in literature
    • Works:
      Awakening [Novel]: Chopin, Kate
    • Keywords:
      Chopin, Kate, 1851-1904 -- Work -- Awakening
    • Abstract:
      The writer comments on the portrayal of Edna in Kate Chopin's The Awakening. She argues that the representation of Edna as a self-made woman and her placement in the tradition of an American Adam/Eve tend to preempt investigation of the cultural and specifically colonial production of white female selfhood and sexuality in the novel. She interrogates the cultural and racial boundaries of Edna's “solitary soul” and suggests that Chopin's heroine enacts the paradox of the imperial self who appears to rule while being herself ruled. She concludes that it is precisely because Edna's break with gender constraints is dependent on representations of racial and ethnic differences that those differences must remain intact.
    • ISSN:
      00029831
    • DOI:
      10.2307/2927982
    • Accession Number:
      509492811
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BIRNBAUM, M. A. “Alien hands”: Kate Chopin and the colonization of race. American Literature, [s. l.], v. 66, p. 301–323, 1994. DOI 10.2307/2927982. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509492811&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 17 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Birnbaum MA. “Alien hands”: Kate Chopin and the colonization of race. American Literature. 1994;66:301-323. doi:10.2307/2927982.
    • APA:
      Birnbaum, M. A. (1994). “Alien hands”: Kate Chopin and the colonization of race. American Literature, 66, 301–323. https://doi.org/10.2307/2927982
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Birnbaum, Michele A. 1994. “‘Alien Hands’: Kate Chopin and the Colonization of Race.” American Literature 66 (June): 301–23. doi:10.2307/2927982.
    • Harvard:
      Birnbaum, M. A. (1994) ‘“Alien hands”: Kate Chopin and the colonization of race’, American Literature, 66, pp. 301–323. doi: 10.2307/2927982.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Birnbaum, MA 1994, ‘“Alien hands”: Kate Chopin and the colonization of race’, American Literature, vol. 66, pp. 301–323, viewed 17 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Birnbaum, Michele A. “‘Alien Hands’: Kate Chopin and the Colonization of Race.” American Literature, vol. 66, June 1994, pp. 301–323. EBSCOhost, doi:10.2307/2927982.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Birnbaum, Michele A. “‘Alien Hands’: Kate Chopin and the Colonization of Race.” American Literature 66 (June 1994): 301–23. doi:10.2307/2927982.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Birnbaum MA. “Alien hands”: Kate Chopin and the colonization of race. American Literature [Internet]. 1994 Jun [cited 2020 Jan 17];66:301–23. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509492811&custid=s6224580