Novel Study: The Awakening

Duration: 4 weeks (October)

Required Materials: The Awakening by Kate Chopin; all other materials provided

Recommendations: Students who are ready for high school level literature work will enjoy this class, which requires some critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

Instructor: Amy Sharony. Amy teaches high school literature at the Academy. Feel free to contact her with questions about this class.


This slender little novel is packed full of symbolism, psychology, and ideas about identity that were groundbreaking at the turn of the 20th century and that still have the power to shake up your reading life today. We’ll focus on close, careful reading, building critical reading and thinking skills as we explore this early feminist work. (Indignation about Victorian social roles for women encouraged.)