My I.S. compares three novels by Isabel Allende: The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, and Portrait in Sepia. Allende has said that she uses her fiction to critique and therefore improve her society and to give voice to those who are traditionally silenced. In my thesis, I examine the romantic relationships portrayed in each of these novels to see how they support Allende's social critique of gender inequality and social hierarchies based on class and ethnicity. As a whole, these three novels propose egalitarian romantic relationships that give women more power and allow for more equality between people of different social classes and ethnicities.
Lundergan, Grace, "Reimagining Romantic Relationships: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Isabel Allende's Novels" (2011). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 482.
Comparative Literature | Latin American Literature
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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