Authorizing female voice and experience: ghosts and spirits in Kingston's 'The Woman Warrior' and Allende's 'The House of the Spirits.'(Intertextualities)

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Author: Ruth Y. Jenkins
Date: Fall 1994
From: MELUS(Vol. 19, Issue 3)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 5,702 words

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A type of intertextuality exists in women's writing which is in opposition to the dominant culture, and this is exemplified by two modern novels which utilize ghosts. Maxine Hong Kingston's 1975 novel 'The Woman Warrior' deals with a Chinese American and the spirits of her Chinese ancestors. Isabel Allende's 1985 novel 'The House of the Spirits' covers three generations of a Chilean family. Both novels create authentic female voices by their use of fantasy and the supernatural.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A18583120