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Week 10: Patriarchy and Prophecy: Gender and Society in The House of the Spirits

Novel: The House of the Spirits

Debate Question: Is Isabel Allende a feminist writer? (You will have to think about what it means exactly to be a feminist writer) You will be assigned a side for the debate at the end of the seminar in week 9.

 

General Reading on Feminism, Women’s Rights and Feminist Writers in Latin America:

Marjorie Agosín, Scraps of Life: Chilean arpilleras: Chilean Women and the Pinochet Dictatorship (trans. by Cola Franzen; Trenton, 1987).

Susan Bassnett, ‘Introduction: Looking for the Roots of Wings’ in Susan Bassnett (ed.), Knives and Angels: Women Writers in Latin America (London, 1990), pp. 1-8.

Merike Helena Blofield and Liesl Haas, ‘Defining a Democracy: Reforming the Laws on Women’s Rights in Chile, 1990-2002’, Latin American Politics and Society, 47:3 (2005), pp. 35-68. Available online via MUSE

Anny Brooksbank Jones and Catherine Davies, ‘Introduction’ in Anny Brooksbank Jones and Catherine Davies (eds), Latin American Women’s Writing: Feminist Readings in Theory and Crisis (Oxford, 1996), pp. 1-9.

Anny Brooksbank Jones, ‘Latin American Feminist Criticism Revisited’ in Anny Brooksbank Jones and Catherine Davies (eds), Latin American Women’s Writing: Feminist Readings in Theory and Crisis (Oxford, 1996), pp. 201-14.

Debra Castillo, ‘Finding Feminisms’ in Sara Castro-Klein (ed.), Latin American Women’s Narrative: Practices and Theoretical Perspectives (Madrid, 2003), pp. 351-74.

Sara Castro-Klein, ‘Introduction: Feminism and Women’s Narrative: Thinking Common Limits/Links’ in Sara Castro-Klein (ed.), Latin American Women’s Narrative: Practices and Theoretical Perspectives (Madrid, 2003), pp. 9-38.

Sueann Caulfield, ‘The History of Gender in the Historiography of Latin America’. Hispanic American Historical Review 81:3/4 (2001), pp. 449-490. Available online via JSTOR

Myriam Yvonne Jehenson, Latin American Women Writers: Class, Race, and Gender (Albany, 1995). Introduction

Naomi Lindstrom, The Social Conscience of Latin American Writing (Austin, 1998). Chapter 5: ‘Latin American Women’s Writing and Gender Issues’.

Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt, ‘Charity, Rights and Entitlement: Gender, Labor and Welfare in Early Twentieth Century Chile’, Hispanic American Historical Review, 81:3-4 (2001), pp. 555-85. Available online via MUSE

Martin Taylor, ‘Women Intellectuals in Chilean Society’ in Yvette Miller and Charles Tatum (eds), Latin American Women Writers: Yesterday and Today (Pittsburgh, 1977).

Raymond Leslie Williams, ‘Women Writing in the Americas: New Projects of the 1980s’ in Raymond Leslie Williams (ed.), The Novel in the Americas (Niwot, 1992), pp. 119-31.

 

Further Reading: Gender roles, Stereotypes and the Feminism of Isabel Allende:

 

Karen Castellucci Cox, Isabel Allende: A Critical Companion (Westport and London, 2003). Chpts 1-3.

Susan Frenk, ‘The Wandering Text: Situating the Narratives of Isabel Allende’ in Anny Brooksbank Jones and Catherine Davies (eds), Latin American Women’s Writing: Feminist Readings in Theory and Crisis (Oxford, 1996), pp. 66-84.

Ronie-Richelle García-Johnson, ‘The Struggle for Space: Feminism and Freedom’ in Harold Bloom (ed.), Isabel Allende (Philadelphia, 2003), pp. 83-91.

Myriam Yvonne Jehenson, Latin American Women Writers: Class, Race, and Gender (Albany, 1995). Chapter 5.

Linda Gould Levine, ‘A Passage to Androgyny: Isabel Allende’s Las casa de los espíritus’ in Noel Valis and Carol Maier (eds), In the Feminine Mode: Essays on Hispanic Women Writers (Lewisburg and London, 1990), pp. 164-73.

Linda Gould Levine, ‘Weaving Life into Fiction’ in Rosemary G. Feal and Yvette E. Miller (eds), Isabel Allende Today (Pittsburgh, 2002), pp. 1-25.

Ruth Jenkins, ‘Authorizing Female Voice and Experience: Ghosts and Spirits in Kingston’s The Woman Writer and Allende’s The House of the Spirits’, MELUS, 19:3 (1994), pp. 61-74. Available online via JSTOR

Diane Marting, ‘Dangerous (to) Women: Sexual Fiction in Spanish America’ in Sara Castro-Klein (ed.), Latin American Women’s Narrative: Practices and Theoretical Perspectives (Madrid, 2003), pp. 197-220.

Doris Meyer, ‘Parenting the Text: Female Creativity and Dialogic relationships in Isabel Allende’s La casa de los espíritus’, Hispania, 73:2 (1990), pp. 360-5. Available online via JSTOR [Also available in Harold Bloom (ed.), Isabel Allende (Philadelphia, 2003), pp. 31-42.]

Maria Roof, ‘Maryse Conde and Isabel Allende: Family Saga novels’, World Literature Today, 70:2 (1996), pp. 283-89. Available online via LION (Literature Online)

Philip Swanson, ‘Tyrants and Trash: Sex, Class and Culture in La casa de los espíritus’ in Harold Bloom (ed.), Isabel Allende (Philadelphia, 2003), pp. 109-32.

Philip Swanson, The New Novel in Latin America: Politics and Popular Culture After the Boom (Manchester and New York, 1995). Chapter 9: ‘Isabel Allende and La casa de los espíritus: Tyrants and Trash’.

 

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