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“Joy That Kills”: Female Jouissance in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.”

@inproceedings{Tseng2016JoyTK,
  title={“Joy That Kills”: Female Jouissance in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.”},
  author={Chia-chieh Tseng},
  year={2016}
}
Kate Chopin’s best-known short fiction “The Story of an Hour” is a tour de force portraying a woman’s tension and anxiety under patriarchal oppression. After hearing the news of her husband’s untimely passing, the protagonist, Mrs. Louise Mallard, is grief-stricken at first, but soon other thoughts creep into her mind. The text indicates that Louise’s life is extreme­ ly restricted because of her domestic confinement and also suggests that she must have been secretly yearning for a life of her… 

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