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Displacement in Isabel Allende’s Fiction, 1982–2000


Mel Boland

This book explores the concept of displacement in the fiction produced by the Chilean writer Isabel Allende between 1982 and 2000. Displacement, understood in the author’s analysis to encompass social, geographical, linguistic and cultural phenomena, is argued to play a consistently central role in Allende’s fictional output of this period. Close readings of Allende’s texts illustrate the abiding importance of displacement and reconcile two apparently contradictory trends in her writing: as the settings of her fiction have become more international, questions of individual identity have gained in importance. This discussion employs displacement as a means of engaging with critical debates both on Allende’s individual texts and on her status as an original writer. After examining in detail the seven works of fiction written by Allende during this period, the book concludes with reflections on the general trajectory of her work in this genre.


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Primary Sources Allende, Isabel, Afrodita: cuentos, recetas y otros afrodisíacos (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 1997) ——, Cuentos de Eva Luna, 8th edn (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 1992) ——, De amor y de sombra, 8th edn (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 1995) ——, El cuaderno de Maya (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 2011) ——, El plan infinito (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 1991) ——, Eva Luna, 5th edn (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 1993) ——, Hija de la fortuna, 3rd edn (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 1999) ——, La casa de los espíritus, 12th edn (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 2004) ——, La isla bajo el mar (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 2009) ——, La suma de los días (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 2007) ——, Mi país inventado (Barcelona: Areté, 2003) ——, Paula (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 1994) ——, Retrato en sepia (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 2000) Interviews Allende, Isabel, Foreword, in Short Stories by Latin American Women: The Magic and the Real, ed. by Celia Correas de Zapata (Houston, TX: Arte Público, 1990) ——, ‘Magical Romance/Magical Realism: Ghosts in US and Latin American Fiction’, in Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community, ed. by Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995), pp. 407–550 ——, ‘Vamos a nombrar las cosas’, in Testimonio y documentos de la literatura chilena, ed. by José Promis Ojeda (Santiago de Chile: Andrés Bello, 1995), pp. 291–300 192 Bibliography ——, ‘Modern Politics, Modern Fables’, interview with Alvin P. Sanof f, US News & World Report, 21 November 1988, in Conversations with Isabel Allende, revised edn, ed. by John...

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