Bibliography (Masterplots II: American Fiction Series, Revised Edition)
Allende, Isabel. “An Interview with Isabel Allende.” Interview by Elyse Crystall, Jill Kyhnheim, and Mary Layoun. Contemporary Literature 33 (Winter, 1992): 584-611. A wide-ranging discussion with Allende about her career; the influence of the English language on her writing and how it has shaped her novels that are written in Spanish; and the political and spiritual elements in her stories. Briefly touches on Eva Luna.
Bader, Eleanor J. “A Life Like a Dimestore Romance.” Belles Lettres: A Review of Books by Women 4 (Winter, 1989): 5. An unfavorable review, calling the characters in Eva Luna a “largely unsympathetic, unlikable lot—cynical, angry, and manipulative,” who therefore fail to interest the reader. After calling the plot “confusing” and “unbelievable,” Bader concludes by saying that Allende could do better than write “a life that reads like dimestore romance.”
Karrer, Wolfgang. “Transformation and Transvestism in Eva Luna by Isabel Allende.” In Critical Approaches to Isabel Allende’s Novels, edited by Sonia Riquelme Rojas and Edna Aguirre Rehbein. New York: Peter Lang, 1991. Explains how Allende uses mythic elements from diverse sources. Karrer’s discussion of the “semiotic code of clothing” throughout the novel, with its “theme of magical transformation,”...
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