Kate Chopin’s  “The Story of An Hour”

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We begin our wandering with the famous Chopin short story, exploring topics of reading aesthetically, freedom, tragic hamartia, female silencing, and some missteps in reading Victory.

If freedom is not an absolute, then are alienation (Otherness) and ‘monstrous ideas’ always a ‘suspension of intelligent thought’?


  • 1. Introduction: Chopin & “The Story of An Hour”
  • 2. Reader-Response: Reading “Aesthetically”
  • 3. Historicism: Train Wrecks and Contexts
  • 4. Historicism: Published Versions and Original Texts
  • 5. Modernism: Joyful Irony and Foolishness; Containers
  • 6. Close Analysis: The “It” from the Window
  • 7. Classical Thought: Tragedy; Hamartia
  • *8. Feminism: Thinking on Violence and Silence
  • *9. Psych Theory: “Freedom from” and Alienation
  • *10. Sociological Theory: Public & Private Grief; Privilege to Reflect
  • *11. Structuralism: Semantic Intensionality; the Hourglass Structure
  • *12. Marxism: Traps of Privilege; Bird in a Gilded Cage
  • *13. Queer Theory: “Heart Trouble” and Silences
  • *14. Deconstruction: Freedom in the Wild
  • *15. Dialogics: Voices, Texts, and Readers
  • *16. Poetry Link: De Maupassant: “Nuit de Neige”
  • *17. New Sentiment: Our “possession of self-assertion”
  • *18. Minority Criticism: Absence and Consequence
  • *19. Philosophy Connections: Existentialism’s “Pour soi”
  • *20. Post-Colonialism: Mitsein and Self-Determination
  • *21. Critical Review: Karami and Zohdi’s Feminism
  • *22. In Pop Culture: 1984’s Film
  • *23. In the Classroom: Student Bodies and Silences
  • *24. ToK: Mapping Intensionality
  • 25. Related Works: A Quick List
  • 26. New Historicism: Authoring Chopin
  • 27. Literary Mis-Allusions: Victory
  • 28. Personal Reflection
  • 29. Closing Credits

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Original music for The Waywords Podcast is by Randon Myles Chapter headings by Natalie Harrison and Sarah Skaleski
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Chisnell, Steve. “Kate Chopin’s ‘The Story of an Hour.’” Waywords Studio, 15 Oct. 2021,

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