December BoM – The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Well, well, well. Here we are again.

Our December banned and/or challenged book is Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and I hope you’ll read along with us and join the conversation. 

Title: The Awakening
Author: Kate Chopin
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: 1899


Interestingly enough The Awakening was never “banned”, it simply fell into obscurity. For 30 plus years The Awakening lay dormant. It was until 1932 when Daniel S. Rankin, a Roman Catholic Priest, published Kate Chopin and Her Creole Stories. Even after Rankin’s publication it again fell into obscurity and was revived two more times — 1953 and 1969. With its revival in 1969, The Awakening has served as a springboard to bring insight and awareness to women’s issues.

The novel centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South.

Although, The Awakening was never banned, it has been challenged on several occasions.

  • In 1902 the novel was removed from the Evanston, Illinois Public Library open shelves
  • In 2011 it was challenged in the Oconee County Library in Georgia because the book cover shows a painting of a woman’s bare breast, which upset a patron.


Online Discussion Prompts Post on the following Mondays:

November 24 — Chapters 1-13
December 1 — Chapters 14-27
December 8 — Chapters 28-39

Please stop by and join the discussion. If you have any questions you’d like to ask or have any comments about The Awakening let us know in the comments area.



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