Historical Context

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Latin America in the 1980s
Although the volcanic eruption on which ‘‘And of Clay Are We Created’’ is based occurred in...

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Literary Style

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Point of View and Narration
Point of view is handled in an unusual way in ‘‘And of Clay Are We Created.’’ The narrator...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Allende, Isabel, Prologue to The Stories of Eva Luna, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, Bantam, 1991, p. 4....

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Allende, Isabel. Conversations with Isabel Allende. Edited by John Rodden. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004.

Carvalho, Susan. “The Craft of Emotion in Isabel Allende’s Paula.” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 27 (Summer, 2003): 223-238.

Correas de Zapata, Celia. Isabel Allende: Life and Spirits. Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. Houston, Tex.: Arte Público Press, 2002.

Cox, Karen Castellucci. Isabel Allende: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2003.

Frame, Scott Macdonald. “The Literal and the Literary: A Note on the Historical References in Isabel Allende’s La casa de los espíritus.” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 27 (Summer, 2003): 279-89.

Gough, Elizabeth. “Vision and Division: Voyeurism in the Works of Isabel Allende.” Journal of Modern Literature 27 (Summer, 2004): 93-120.

Lindsay, Claire. Locating Latin American Women Writers: Cristina Peri Rossi, Rosario Ferré, Albalucía Angel, and Isabel Allende. New York: Peter Lang, 2003.

Compare and Contrast

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1985: The eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in central Colombia kills more than 22,000 people and destroys more than 5,000...

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Topics for Further Study

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Find newspaper stories about the 1985 volcanic eruption of Colombia’s Nevado Ruiz Mountain, the September 1999 earthquake in Taiwan, or...

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Media Adaptations

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The Stories of Eva Luna, the collection from which ‘‘And of Clay Are We Created’’ is taken, was recorded in 1991 by Elizabeth...

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What Do I Read Next?

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The Stories of Eva Luna (1991) is Allende’s first collection of short fiction. Like Scheherazade, Eva Luna presents twenty-three...

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