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Laura Esquivel's Mexican Fictions: Like Water for Chocolate, The Law of Love, Swift as Desire, Malinche: A Novel

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In this, the first in-depth review and assessment of 20 years of Laura Esquivel criticism, outstanding essayists in Latin American literature and film explore her critical reputation, contextualize her work in literary movements, and consider her four novels and the film based on Like Water for Chocolate from a diverse range of critical perspectives. From approaching Esquivel’s work through the use of historical documents and popular and religious culture, looking at a contested national identity, exploring her ...

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Overview

In this, the first in-depth review and assessment of 20 years of Laura Esquivel criticism, outstanding essayists in Latin American literature and film explore her critical reputation, contextualize her work in literary movements, and consider her four novels and the film based on Like Water for Chocolate from a diverse range of critical perspectives. From approaching Esquivel’s work through the use of historical documents and popular and religious culture, looking at a contested national identity, exploring her spiritual focus, and using words and images to look into the Mexican kitchen-space, these essays make up the definitive look at the acclaimed career of one of Mexico’s most esteemed writers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This collection of essays on the work of celebrated Mexican writer Laura Esquivel provides a broad overview of her literary and cinematic production and suggests new approaches for analysis of her work.”  —Choice

“Will most likely be in demand if for no other reason than that scholars pursuing critical guidance on any or all of Esquivel’s four novels will find no better source, all in one place, than this volume of 14 articles.”  —Bulletin of Spanish Studies

From the Publisher
“This collection of essays on the work of celebrated Mexican writer Laura Esquivel provides a broad overview of her literary and cinematic production and suggests new approaches for analysis of her work.”  —Choice

“Will most likely be in demand if for no other reason than that scholars pursuing critical guidance on any or all of Esquivel’s four novels will find no better source, all in one place, than this volume of 14 articles.”  —Bulletin of Spanish Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845195564
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Moore Willingham is an associate professor in the department of modern foreign languages at Baylor University. She has served as president and executive director of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies and has published works on Latin American women’s fiction, Laura Esquivel’s fiction, medical humanities, historical language, and Medieval miracle and Arthurian literature.

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