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Displacement in Isabel Allende’s Fiction, 1982–2000

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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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Allende, Isabel passim memory and writing 14 originality of work 3–4, 6 place 132 storytelling 103 writers 131 Allende, Salvador 18 André, María Claudia 30 Antoni, Robert 19n42 Assal, Munzoul 11n21 Bakhtin, Mikhail 22, 71, 73, 80, 97 Bammer, Angelika 9, 15 Bangladesh 39 Berman, Marshall 62 Bhabha, Homi K. 157–8, 160, 165 Bloom, Harold 5–7 Bolivia 12 bosque de los pigmeos, El [Forest of the Pygmies] 31 Burkholder, Mark A. 38n7 Campos, René 37 carnival and carnivalesque definition 73–4 degradation 97 dismemberment 90 disorder 22 folk humour 99 high and low 80 metamorphosis 93 mixing of classes 75 role reversal 82 Carvalho, Susan E. 172, 177, 179–80 Catholic Church 89, 100 Cavallo, Ascanio 21n43 Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions 10n19 Chambers, Robert 45–6 Chernin, Kim 11n21 Chile 12–13, 18, 32, 123 Ciudad de las Bestias, La [City of the Beasts] 31, 32 Clark, Katerina 78n10 Coddou, Marcelo 66–7, 105 Colman, Andrew 136 Colombia 12, 127 community 8, 104, 143 British 152, 178 Chinese 151, 171–3 Hispanic 134, 138, 151, 156 local 35, 38–40, 49, 112, 116–19, 122, 127, 129, 131, 185 and multinationals 11 oral 107, 117 shared 120 condensation 135–6 Cox, Karen Castellucci 72, 150, 153, 173, 179, 181 Cuaderno de Maya, El [Maya’s Notebook] 32 Danow, David K. 75 Davies, Lloyd 18, 54, 66, 67 de Beistegui, Miguel 15n35 De Blij, Harm 85n15 De Castro, Juan E. 188 De González, Ester Gimbernat...

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