Indeed, as Dinah Birch points out, romance fiction can allow [b]oth author and reader an imaginative participation in a different version of heterosexuality. As a result, it is concerned with the fact that men possess and regularly exercise power over them in all sorts of circumstances.
They usually make a sexual resolution in favour of men and their father, but retain an internal emotional triangle. When Bernal, years later, finally admits his need for or obsession with her, her qualities of character are clearly not compromised for, not only is Elena engaged to another man but, more significantly, she declares she has no recollection of that afternoon.
This involves her sneaking into his room while he is at work, lying on his bed and kissing his mirror, until she discovers that he is having an affair with her mother.
There is ultimately a quiet sense of her triumph at the close of the story. From then on, the young girl begins a growing fascination with, and desire for, Bernal. Feminist Readings in Theory and Crisis, ed. Allende herself first became engaged in the polemic surrounding the romance genre at an earlier juncture of her career when, as a journalist, she spent some time translating romantic love stories for a living.
In this respect, Allende concurs with the work of many feminist scholars who have reappropriated the romance as a genre for scholarly research and study. Romance, Jackson points out, is experienced in different ways by men and women across different cultures. One afternoon, she manoeuvres things so that she comes home from school early whilst her mother is out shopping and Bernal is dozing on his bed.
So I changed the ending […]. It is not even very clear whether the mother has any knowledge of the episode as the subsequent events are glossed over.
Karnac Books,p. She goes into his room, lies by his side and when she begins to touch and caress him, Bernal, apparently in the belief that it is her mother, pulls Elena on top of him and begins to make love to her. The attachment to Bernal, as I have argued, is an ephemeral stage in this rite of passage, which does not undermine or prejudice the primary mother-daughter relationship.
Polity Press,pp. Tania Modleski, Loving with a Vengeance: Carvalho claims, for example, that all action is consequent to that emotion: Peter Lang,pp. Chodorow emphasizes, however, that here the penis is placed on a metaphorical level as a symbol of power or omnipotence.
Pearce and Stacey advocate the employment of discourse theory, particularly of Foucault, as well as Bakhtinian dialogics in the analysis of romance because both are theoretical models which emphasize the material situatedness of the genre as well as acknowledge its provisionality: Many feminist scholars have thus become frustrated with the limitations of the romance, as did Allende in her own early experience of the genre.
The final section of the story is significant in other ways also. Blackwell,pp.Essays and criticism on Isabel Allende's Eva Luna - The Stories of Eva Luna, Isabel Allende.
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