Episode 045: The Awakening

2014-1-21

What does it mean to be a woman? We don't know the answer to that question,

and it's doubtful we ever will. But reading Kate Chopin's revolutionary

novel The Awakening is as close as we'll ever come to understanding the

obstacles facing a woman in late 19th-century New Orleans.

Censored in its day for its matter-of-fact portrait of a woman stuck in a

stifling marriage, The Awakening remains relevant through its insightful

exploration of the pursuit of independence.

It's also a perfect opportunity to practice mispronouncing French.

Join us for a discussion of watery metaphors, rakes and mademoiselles, and

more than a few late-game television tangents.