The “I Hate Edna Club”

  • Emily Toth
Part of the American Literature Readings in the Twenty-First Century book series (ALTC)


The Awakening had barely been published, in April 1899, when the first stirrings of Ednaphobia—the morbid fear and hatred of Edna Pontellier—began. The very first review, essentially a plot summary in Kate Chopin’s hometown St. Louis Republic, called The Awakening “the story of a lady most foolish” and concluded that “the woman who did not want anything but her own way drowned herself” (Toth 220).


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Works Cited

  1. Koloski, Bernard. Awakenings: The Story of the Kate Chopin Revival. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.Google Scholar
  2. Toth, Emily. Unveiling Kate Chopin. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.Google Scholar

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  • Emily Toth

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