María Luisa Bombal Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

María Luisa Bombal is the author of the following influential novels: La última niebla, 1934 (The Final Mist, 1982; previously revised and translated as The House of Mist, 1947); La amortajada, 1938 (translated as The Shrouded Woman, 1948); La historia de María Griselda, 1977.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

María Luisa Bombal was the Chilean representative to the International PEN Conference in the United States in 1940; she received Chile’s Academy of Arts and Letters Prize in 1977 for The Story of María Griselda.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Agosin, Marjorie. “María Luisa Bombal: O el lenguaje alucinado.” Symposium 48 (Winter, 1995): 251-256. In this special issue on Latin American women writers, Agosin argues that Bombal challenged the conventional writing of her time by creating a language that moved back and forth between hallucination and daydream; says her female characters are marginalized women who seek the meaning of their lives through imagination and memory

Debicki, Andrew P. “Structure, Imagery, and Experience in María Luisa Bombal’s ‘The Tree’.” Studies in Short Fiction 8 (Winter, 1971): 123-129. Discusses how Bombal uses imagery and descriptive detail to explore the theme of illusion and the conflict between illusory and matter-of-fact realities; argues that the patterns of the story heighten the reader’s experience of the protagonist’s plight while simultaneously placing that plight within a more universal scheme.

Diaz, Gwendolyn. “Desire and Discourse in María Luisa Bombal’s New Islands.” Hispanofila 112 (September, 1994): 51-62. Discusses the stories in New Islands and Other Stories as examples of Bombal’s experimentation with a new language that reflects a woman’s point of view and thought; argues that the heroine of the stories struggles to place her own perceptions in a world of phallocentric...

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