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Unformatted text preview: The Awakening has enjoyed a strange success: At the time of its publication, critics condemned the novel for its heroine's unrepentant drive for independence and emotional, sexual, and spiritual awakening. Although contrary to legend it was never a banned book, the novel fell into obscurity for 70 years. Read in the radical context of the 1960s, The Awakening was received enthusiastically as a valid work; the scandal that destroyed its chance of success at the time of its publication seemed absurd. A scandal usually secures a book's success, particularly when a book is accused not only of describing immorality but also of promoting it typically in such a situation, everyone wants to find out what they're not supposed to hear or know. This phenomenon did not occur with The Awakening , however, possibly because Edna's story was just too depressing: She is not a character made two...
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09