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.
Acknowledgements General Editor's Preface 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 Monica 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 Maria Teresa Martinez-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 Index