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Week 9: The Family Relationship: The House of the Spirits and the Pinochet Dictatorship

Novel: The House of the Spirits

Film: The House of the Spirits (starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons and Winona Ryder)


General Readings:

Isabel Allende, ‘The Spirits were Willing’ in Doris Meyer (ed.), Lives on the Line: Testimony of Contemporary Latin American Authors (Berkeley, 1988), p;. 235-42.

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

Deborah Cohn, ‘To See or Not to See: Invisibility, Clairvoyance, and Re-visions of History in Invisible Man and La casa de los espíritus’, Comparative Literature Studies, 33:4 (1996), pp. 372-95.

Simon Collier and William Sater, A History of Chile, 1808-1994 (Cambridge, 1996).

Peter G. Earle, ‘Literature as Survival: Allende’s The House of the Spirits’, Contemporary Literature, 28:4 (1987), pp. 543-54. Available online via JSTOR

Mark Enscalo, Chile Under Pinochet: Recovering the Truth (Philadelphia, 2000).

P. Gabrielle Foreman, ‘Past-On Stories: Histories and the Magically Real, Morrison and Allende on Call’, in Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris (eds), Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (Durham and London, 1995). Also Available online via JSTOR in Feminist Studies, 18:2 (1992), pp. 369-88.

Ambrose Gordon, ‘Isabel Allende on Love and Shadow’, Contemporary Literature, 28:4 (1987), pp. 530-542. Available online via JSTOR

Norma Hesper, ‘Binding the Wounds of the Body Politic: Nation as Family in La casa de los espíritus’ in Harold Bloom (ed.), Isabel Allende (Philadelphia, 2003), pp. 67-74.

Claudia Marie Kovach, ‘Mask and Mirror: Isabel Allende’s Mechanism for Justice in The House of the Spirits’ in Harold Bloom (ed.), Isabel Allende (Philadelphia, 2003), pp. 93-108.

James Mandrell, ‘The Prophetic Voice in Garro., Morante and Allende’, Comparative Literature, 42:3 (1990), pp. 227-46. Available online via JSTOR

Teresa Meade, ‘Holding the Junta Accountable: Chile’s “Sitios de Memoria” and the History of Torture, Disappearance and Death’, Radical History Review, 79 (2001), pp. 123-39. Available online via MUSE

Margorie Agosín (1984) interview; Magdalena García Pinta interview (1987); John Rodden interview (1991) in John Rodden (ed.), Conversations with Isabel Allende (Texas, 2004), pp. 45-76; 101-114.

E. Thomson Shields, Jr, ‘Ink, Blood, and Kisses: La casa de los espíritus and the Myth of Disunity’ in Harold Bloom (ed.), Isabel Allende (Philadelphia, 2003), pp. 23-30.

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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