Bibliography (Masterplots II: American Fiction Series, Revised Edition)
Bach, Caleb. “Metaphors and Magic Unmask the Soul.” Americas 47 (January/February, 1995): 22-27. Offers a fascinating look at Valenzuela’s life and writing career. Briefly explores some of her themes and examines some of the writers who have influenced her, such as Jorge Luis Borges.
Garfield, Evelyn P. “Luisa Valenzuela.” In Latin American Writers, edited by Carlos A. Solé and Maria I. Abreau. Vol. 3. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1989. Offers an entry on Valenzuela that covers her life and career. Presents in-depth readings of many of her works, and includes a selected bibliography.
Hoeppner, Edward H. “The Hand That Mirrors Us: Luisa Valenzuela’s Re-Writing of Lacan’s Theory of Identity.” Latin American Literary Review 20 (January/June, 1992): 9-17. Hoeppner focuses on the narrator, a professor who is violently tortured and whose violent quest for love parallels his physical suffering. Hoeppner argues that Valenzuela’s use of the symbol of the phallus as symbolic of desire is linked to the theories of Jacques Lacan.
Kadir, Djelal. “Focus on Luisa Valenzuela.” World Literature Today 69 (Autumn, 1995): 668-670. A revealing profile of Valenzuela that covers her tenure as a Puterbaugh Fellow at the University of Oklahoma, the quality and style of her writing, and her...
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