"On January 8, 1981, I was living in Venezuela and I received a phone call that my beloved grandfather was dying. I began a letter for him that later became my first novel, The House of The Spirits. It was such a lucky book from the very beginning, that I kept that lucky date to start."
--Isabel Allende
http://www.isabelallende.com/curious_frame.htm

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Homework

For every reading assignment you must keep a dialogue journal. It is required. The minimum number of questions per assignment is 10.



Due 1/30 Read up to page 176.


Due 1/31 Read up to page 209.



Due 2/1 Read up to page 246.



Due 2/2 Read up to page 262.
Discuss House of the Spirits 2012


Due 2/3 Read up to page 292.



Due 2/13 Read up to page 433.
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Study Questions

What is the role of voice in The House of the Spirits?
What is the role of gender in The House of the Spirits?-
What is the role of magical realism in The House of the Spirits?
What is the role of class in The House of the Spirits?
What parts of The House of the Spirits come from Allende's life?
How are women portrayed in The House of the Spirits?
How are men portrayed in The House of the Spirits?
How are fate a free played out as themes in The House of the Spirits?
What is the significance of the act of writing in The House of the Spirits?
How does having two narrators affect in The House of the Spirits?
How is in The House of the Spirits a family epic?
How do foreshadowing and flashback affect the narrative in The House of the Spirits?
How is class a major motif in The House of the Spirits?


Who is Isabel Allende?

What is Magical Realism?

A narrative technique that blurs the distinction between fantasy and reality. It is characterized by an equal acceptance of the ordinary and the extraordinary. Magic realism fuses
(1) lyrical and, at times, fantastic writing with (2) an examination of the character of human existence and (3) an implicit criticism of society, particularly the elite.
more at http://www-english.tamu.edu/pers/fac/andreadis/474H_ahapw/Definition_Magic.Realism.html

“She was already in the habit of writing down important matters, and afterward, when she was mute, she also recorded trivialities, never suspecting that fifty years later I would use her notebooks to reclaim the past and overcome terrors of my own.”
from The House of the Spirits.