The university level research is very different from what was practiced in high school. The research in high school was very basic, and barely scratched the surface of the depth of college-level research.
One thing I learned from university-level research was how to stray away from using Google and basic web searches. Basic web searches could be unreliable or give false information. They also have the capability to be bias, therefore blurring your research process. Using databases gave much more reliable and in depth information that could contribute to the overall research of Kate Chopin.
Another valuable thing I learned throughout this process is how to have a more advanced and in-depth research. When using databases, there is so much information available when just typing in a single word. Millions of articles and journals can show up, so it is necessary to condense the amount of information you need to look through. By using the advanced searches on the databases, I was able to find better articles for my specific subject or general theme for my research. This helped zone in on exactly what I needed to, helping me in the future when I am writing my synthesis paper.
The last concept I learned while researching at a college level was how to find different and new information after extensive research. This was a difficult task after researching for a few weeks. The last few sources needed to have different information than the previous articles. By further advancing my searches, I was able to find even more ways to research my theme. It was helpful to know how to use the databases in order to find further information.
There are some things I would advise future students to do, in terms of the research project. The first piece of advice would be to stay ahead on your project. Getting behind causes a lot of work to build up, and it becomes confusing when you have to do multiple annotated bibliographies at once. It was helpful for me to stay ahead because it was less stressful in the long run.
I would also advise that students learn how to use the databases fully. They need to know how to make more advanced searches in order to research to the best of their ability. It makes researching much easier when you can pin point the exact articles you need in relation to your topic.
Lastly, I would advise the student to not be afraid to look at reviews of other works by the author when they are researching. Comparing the different works of author’s, really gives insight as to the writer as a whole. Most likely, you will be able to connect the other writings back to your synthesis theme as a whole, helping your research.
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Adams, Richard P. “Southern Literature In The 1890’S.” Mississippi Quarterly 21.4 (1968): 277-281. America: History & Life. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.
This source discusses Chopin’s writing and how it was inspired by the culture in Louisiana during the late 1800’s.
The author, Richard Adams, discusses how Chopin’s writing was affected by social influences in Louisiana during the late 1800’s. It goes into depth over her writing in The Awakening, and how it used the beliefs of Kate Chopin, and the ways in which in went against societal norms. It mentions the female sensuality which was not publicly accepted during this period. With Louisiana being extremely conservative, the mention of female sexuality was forbidden. Chopin showed this concept in not only The Awakening, but also in “The Storm”. It also discusses Chopin’s attitude towards Creoles in Louisiana as well. Chopin incorporates Creoles into her work partially because of her late husband, Oscar Chopin who was a creole. Chopin takes a step out of the norms of the deep south again, to discuss an interesting topic that defines Louisiana in the late 1800’s.
This source has some useful information that can contribute to the final synthesis paper. My overall theme has revolved around relating Chopin’s personal life as well as personal beliefs to her work as a whole. This has completed that task.
This source is a scholarly article in multiple ways. It was found in the America: life and history database through King Library, which is a credible way in which to find information. It is a published article which also gives it credibility.
This source was difficult to find. After looking over a lot of similar articles, I needed to have a more advanced search in order to find new information. The search for this search included the key words “Kate Chopin” and “Louisiana”, so I could find information on the societal norms of Louisiana during the time period in which Kate Chopin published her writings.
Writer Kate Chopin and her sons Frederick, George, Jean, and Oscar, in New Orleans, 1877. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Chopin, Kate (Katherine O’Flaherty) (1851-1904).” Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature. George B. Perkins, Barbara Perkins, and Phillip Leininger. Vol. 1. New York: HarperCollins, 1991. 188. Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.
This source is a brief biography on the life of Kate Chopin. It goes in depth with her personal life and her life as an author.
The author of this article, Barbara Perkins, talks about Kate Chopin’s writing in depth. She discusses the involvement of creoles in Chopin’s writing, and how this relates to her marriage to Oscar Chopin who was a creole cotton trader in Louisiana. It discusses the inspiration for Chopin’s writing in Louisiana
The way in which Perkins shows the connection between Chopin’s personal life and her writing definitely helps the general theme to my research blog. It does not have as much material as other sources that I have found in the past. At this point in the research it is becoming difficult to find new information on Chopin and her writing.
This source is definitely reliable and scholarly, due to the fact that it is from the Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature. It is found from the literature resource center, which is a reliable way in which to find information.
Finding this source was somewhat difficult. I searched multiple different aspects of Kate Chopin until I found this biography on her.
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The Souther Woman in The Fiction of Kate Chopin. Marie Fletcher. Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association. Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring, 1966), pp. 117-132. Published by: Louisiana Historical Association. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4230896
This article talks a lot about the time in which Kate Chopin was writing in Louisiana. It also gives a detailed biography on Kate Chopin’s life, and it gives feedback as to why Kate Chopin wrote the way she did, with relation to her social and moral views on society.
This article first repeats a lot of the ideas of previous articles in relation to Kate Chopin’s biography. But from the biography, we find out that Chopin went against the social values to the deep south from the ways in which she dressed and the fact that she smoke cigarettes. Showing that Chopin was not afraid to break the chains of society. It reiterates the problems Chopin dealt with after the negative responses from The Awakening as well, and how this only partially restricted her writing. The article also explains the women in Chopin’s writing. She was extremely interested in the “first blush of romantic passion”, which is seen in The Storm with Calixta (130). Chopin created beautiful women, all with children to satisfy her maternal instinct. The women would have some of the values as a “traditional lady”, but there would also be flaws that were to show independence. Overall, it notes that there was a point of honesty in Chopin’s writing that gave hold to the truths in society that would never come to surface.
This source identifies a lot of insight on the moral codes of the Deep South during the late 1800’s, when Chopin was in full swing with her writing. It has given a lot of information on not only Chopin’s life relating to her work but how Chopin’s moral views and thoughts were incorporated as well. These thoughts correspond to being immersed in the culture in Louisiana at that time.
This source was from a book, written on different aspects of the history of Louisiana. This source gave a lot of knowledge on the different aspects of Kate Chopin’s life and writing, having a well-rounded approach. It is definitely a scholarly source.
I found this in a different online database than previous sources. I went to the “American History and Life” database and researched Louisiana and Kate Chopin in the advanced search. It took me a while to find this source, but the information I found was extremely helpful and useful.
During the research project, I found it difficult to find a lot of articles on Kate Chopin’s The Storm. The Storm was published after the death of Kate Chopin, and has not had as much of a reaction by the public as some of her other works such as The Awakening. Stories like The Awakening had more of an impact on her life than The Storm, because as an author, Chopin was not able to see the reaction to her story by the public. This was difficult because the majority of my research connects Chopin’s personal life to her writing in The Storm. Her personal life has played a role in her stories throughout the years, and finding the impact of the publishing of The Storm would have been a strong element to my research.
Knowing I had to find other ways to make up for this, I started by researching how other publishing’s of her short stories affected her writing. With negative feedback in The Awakening, Chopin cut back on going against the social norms of society. This is one of the reasons why Chopin did not publish The Storm in her lifetime. As much as Chopin tried to go against the grain of society, there is evidence that the view of her novel by society contributed to her overall writing.
Finding connections between Chopin’s personal life and her writing became difficult when searching through literary criticism. I came to realize that going through biographies of Kate Chopin gave more insight on these connections. The biographies really went through an in depth discussion over Chopin’s life away from writing, which brought out more connections.
Although some connections were found in the article themselves, a lot of connections between Chopin and her writing had to come from my own in depth analysis of the articles. Some biographies would point out parts of Chopin’s life that could relate to the characters in her writing, but it was up to me to realize the similarities on my own. This yielded a more in depth close reading of each article, forcing me to really think about Chopin’s life and The Storm.
Cutter, Martha J. “Losing the Battle but Winning the War: Resistance to Patriarchal Discourse in Kate Chopin’s Short Fiction.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 11.1 (1994): 17-36. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Joseph Palmisano. Vol. 68. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Literature Resource Center. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.
In this article by Martha Cutter, she reveals the change in a woman’s role in society as Chopin’s views change. It discusses the roles women play in other works by Chopin, and also the role of Calixta in The Storm.
Cutter argues that as time passes, the role that women play in Chopin’s writing shifts. She states that in the early writings, women are submissive and never act out. They have learned to become passive, and lack any sort of aggression. Towards the end of Chopin’s writings, women like Calixta are acting out and participating in love affairs. This parallels to Chopin’s life. During Chopin’s marriage, she seemed quiet and passive, not breaking any of the rules of a loyal wife. Even after her husband passed away, she continued to remain loyal while running the family business. After a few years she became involved in a love affair, fulfilling her own sense of birthright. This is a parallel similarity to the patterns of her writings.
This article relates to the roles of women that are in Chopin’s writing. By the time The Storm was written, Chopin’s view of females in her work had shifted from the females being submissive, to a more dominant role. Calixta goes against societal norms and engages in a love affair, showing a more powerful side to females as a whole.
This piece of writing by Martha Cutter gave new insight on the parallel between Chopin and her work. It is a valuable source that tracks the role of women throughout Chopin’s writing as time progresses. This source gives a lot of value to my paper, because it gives a new link between Chopin’s writing and her personal life.
After the advanced search for Kate Chopin and The Storm, I went on to an analysis that involved Calitxta, where I found this piece of writing by Martha Cutter
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Stein, Allen. “The Kaleidoscope of Truth: A New Look at Chopin’s ‘The Storm.’.” American Literary Realism, 1870-1910 36.1 (Fall 2003): 51-64. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Vol. 110. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.
The article I read, by Allen Stein, analyzed the text of The Storm. Stein began with giving an overall summary of The Storm, stating the key points of the story. Stein begins to analyze the affair between Alcee and Calitxa, revealing both arguments to Chopin’s view on birthright.
Stein writes about Chopin’s view on the love affair. He states that Chopin was explaining what it mean to be human, and it is natural to fulfill your human needs. He also writes about the opposing views stating that Chopin does not take into consideration morals and values of a woman.
Chopin’s view on birthright was not only incorporated into her writing, but her personal life as well. To get more of a background on the reading and other analyses of the work, it helps me further understand Chopin’s views.
Stein seems to be very well versed on all sides of the argument in terms of Chopin’s idea of birthright. He gives a lot of background information that truly shows the value of this source. The likelihood of this source becoming a part of my paper is large because it gives both sides of an argument that I can use for further research.
I found this article in the a-z database through king library. The advanced search was necessary in order to find writings on not only Kate Chopin, but The Storm as well.