At Fault

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At Fault

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 304 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781572331211
  • DDC分類 813.4

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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."

Table of Contents

Preface                                            xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Editorial Practices xvii
Introduction xix
At Fault
The Text
Part 1
The Mistress of Place-Du-Bois 3 (4)
At the Mill 7 (4)
In the Pirogue 11 (5)
A Small Interruption 16 (3)
In the Pine Woods 19 (5)
Melicent Talks 24 (5)
Painful Disclosures 29 (6)
Treats of Melicent 35 (5)
Face to Face 40 (5)
Fanny's Friends 45 (5)
The Self-Assumed Burden 50 (3)
Severing Old Ties 53 (10)
Part 2
Fanny's First Night at Place-Du-Bois 63 (5)
``Neva To See You!'' 68 (4)
A Talk Under the Cedar Tree 72 (4)
Therese Crosses the River 76 (5)
One Afternoon 81 (8)
One Night 89 (6)
Melicent Leaves Place-Du-Bois 95 (5)
With Loose Rein 100 (5)
The Reason Why 105 (5)
Perplexing Things 110 (4)
A Social Evening 114 (7)
Tidings That Sting 121 (4)
Melicent Hears the News 125 (5)
A Step Too Far 130 (4)
A Fateful Solution 134 (8)
To Him Who Waits 142 (4)
Conclusion 146