A Recipe for Discourse.
Perspectives on Like Water for Chocolate.
Skipper, Eric (Ed.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2010, XIV, 211 pp.
Slender and yet panoramic in scope, historical and yet relevant to current-day concerns, Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate has provoked from the outset a divergent range of critical opinions. The essays in A Recipe for Discourse: Perspectives on Like Water for Chocolate represent the novel’s problematic nature in their many diverse approaches, perspectives that are certain to awaken in the reader new ways of approaching the text while challenging old ones. This volume’s ‘dialogue’ format, in which essays are grouped thematically, is particularly effective in presenting such a diverse range of viewpoints. The reader will find herein lively discussion on LWFC as it relates to such themes as gastronomy, superstition, mythology, folklore, the Mexican Revolution, magical realism, female identity, alteration, and matriarchy/ patriarchy. It is the editor’s hope that a diverse readership, from undergraduate students to seasoned scholars, will find this volume engaging and enlightening.
Table of Contents
General Editor’s Preface
LWFC and Gender Issues
Tina Escaja: Women, Alterity and Mexican Identity in Como Agua para Chocolate
Jorge J. Barrueto: Like Water for Chocolate: Cinematic Patriarchy and Tradition
Jerry Hoeg: Like Water for Chocolate and Human Nature
LWFC, Magical Realism and the Critical Response to its Use
Jay Corwin: Like Water for Chocolate and the Art of Criticism
Mónica Zapata: Under the Sign of Hyperbole: Magical Realism and Melodrama in Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate
LWFC and the Cinderella Myth
Cherie Meacham: Como Agua para Chocolate: Cinderella and the Revolution
Victoria Martinez: Myth and Marginalization in Como Agua para Chocolate
Rabelaisian Appetites and Gastronomy in LWfC
Amelia Chaverri: Female Rebellion and Carnival: Like Water for Chocolate
Ellyn Lem: Chile Conquest: Like Water for Chocolate’s ‘Revolutionary’ Impact on Perceptions of Mexican Food in the United States
LWFC and the Mexican Revolution
María Teresa Martínez-Ortiz: National Myths of Archetypal Imagery in Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate
Eric Skipper: The Mexican Revolution as an active Participant in Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate
Abstracts of Arguments
About the Authors