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Carlos Fuentes. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1983.

Labyrinths of Language: Symbolic Landscape and Narrative Design in Modern Fiction. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988.

Ordinary Enchantments: Magical Realism and the Remystification of Narrative. Nashville:
Vanderbilt University Press, 2004.

Edited, with Lois Parkinson Zamora, Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.


"'Laberintos, retruecanos, emblemas': Borges' Dissatisfaction with Labyrinths." Studies in Short Fiction, 12 (1975), 351-60.

"Butor and Barth in the Labyrinth." The French-American Review, 3 (1978-79), 23-39.

"Alejo Carpentier a la recherche du temps perdu." Comparative Literature Studies, 17 (1980), 133-54.

"The Poetics of Marriage: Language of Flowers and Gutter Speech in Joyce's Letters to Nora." CEA Critic, 43, i (1980), 9-14.

"'Desyoizacion': Joyce/Cixous/Fuentes and the Multi-Vocal Text." Latin American Literary Review, 19 (1981), 31-39.

"1001 Words: Fiction Against Death" (On The Thousand and One Nights, Proust, Borges, Barth, and Nabokov). Georgia Review, 36, iv (1982), 811-30.

"Ulysses in Mexico: Carlos Fuentes." Comparative Literature Studies, 19, ii (1982), 236-53. (James Joyce Centennial Issue, ed. Bernard Benstock.)

"The Poetics of Pleasure: Expansive Images in Swann's Way." Kentucky Romance Quarterly, 30, iv (1983), 359-72.

"The Return of the Past: Chiasmus in the Texts of Carlos Fuentes." World Literature Today, 57, iv (1983), 578-84 (Special Carlos Fuentes Issue).

"The Squirrel's Heart Beat and the Death of a Moth." In Virginia Woolf: Centennial Essays. Ed. Elaine Ginsberg and Laura Gottlieb. Troy, NY: Whitston Publishing Co., 1983. 81-91.

"Magic and Violence in Macondo and San Lorenzo." Latin American Literary Review, 13 (1985) (Special Issue on Gabriel Garcia Marquez).

"Cities and Towns: The Development of a Collective Voice." Proceedings of the X Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Vol. III: Inter-American Literary Relations, ed. Mario J. Valdes. New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1985, 3-13.

"' Proustitucion'?: Una familia lejana de Carlos Fuentes." In De la cronica a la nueva narrativa mexicana: Coloquio sobre literatura mexicana. Eds. Merlin H. Forster and Julio Ortega. Mexico City: Editorial Oasis, 1986. 369-82.

"'Without Sin and With Pleasure': The Erotic Dimensions of Fuentes' Fiction." Novel, 20, i (1986), 62-77.

"Desire and Power, Love and Revolution: Fuentes and Kundera." The Review of Contemporary Fiction. 8, ii (1988), 273-84.

"Labyrinth" in the Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs, ed. Jean-Charles Seigneuret. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988. Vol. 2, 691-97.

"The 'Dehumanization' of the Arts: J. M. W. Turner, Joseph Conrad, and the Advent of Modernism." Comparative Literature, 41, iv (1989), 305-326.

"Marking Space, Charting Time: Text and Territory in Faulkner's "The Bear" and Carpentier's The Lost Steps." Do the Americas Have a Common Literature? Ed. Gustavo Perez Firmat. Durham: Duke University Press, 1990. 243-265.

"Writing in/of/on the New World: Metafictional Dimensions of Land Use in North and South American Fiction." Proceedings of the XII Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Roger Bauer, Douwe Fokkema, eds. Volume 2: Space and Boundaries. Iudicum, 1990. 151-58.

"The Labyrinth: Sign of City, Text, and Thought." City Images: Perspectives from Literature, Philosophy, and Film, ed. Mary Ann Caws. Gordon and Breach, 1991. 33-41.

"Devastation and Replenishment: New World Narratives of Love and Nature." Studies in the Humanities, 19, ii (1992), 171-182.

"Love in the Times of Proust and Garcia Marquez." (Special volume on Love, Sex, and Eroticism in Contemporary Latin American Literature, ed. Alun Kenwood. Madrid and Melbourne: Voz Hispanica, 1992, 129-42.

"Life Lines: Ribbons On and Off the Page." Confluencia: Revista Hispanica de Cultura y Literatura, 10, ii (1995), 3-10.

"Scheherazade's Children: Magical Realism and Postmodern Fiction." In Zamora and Faris, eds. Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.

"Daiquiri Birds and Flaubertian Parrot(ie)s" (introduction to above collection, with Lois Zamora).

"Gold and Citron: The Exotic Primitivisms of Baudelaire and Gauguin, Gide and Matisse." Proceedings of the XIII Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Ziva Ben-Porat and Hana Wirth-Nesher, eds. The Force of Vision, Volume 1: Dramas of Desire. Roseann Runte and Hans R. Runte, eds., 420-25. Tokyo, Japan, n.d. (very late publication of the 1991 congress).

"Imaginary Visual Memories: Francoise Sagan Prewrites Fernando Botero." In Manfred Schmeling and Monika Schmitz-Emans, eds., Das visuelle Gedachtnis der Literatur. Wurzburg: Konigshausen & Neumann, 1999, 178-87.

"The Primitivist Construction of Identity in the Works of Frida Kahlo." In Primitivist Constructions of Identity in Latin America. Ed. Erik Camayd-Freixas and Jose Eduardo Gonzalez. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2000, 221-40.

"Larger than Life: The Hyperbolic Realities of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Fernando Botero." Word & Image, 17, iv (2001), 339-59.

"The Question of the Other: Cultural Critiques of Magical Realism." Janus Head, 5, ii (2002), 101-119.

"Southern Economies of Excess: Narrative Expenditure in Faulkner and Fuentes." In Look Away, eds. Deborah Cohen and Jonathan Smith. Duke University Press, 2004, 333-54.

"Portia as Primavera: Cultural Memory in The Death of the Heart." Poligrafias, 4 (2003), 179-94.


"Magical Realism: Postexpressionism." by Franz Roh. In Faris and Zamora, eds. Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.


1971 ..... Serigraphs. Boylston Hall, Harvard University
1975 ..... Batik Quilts and Wall Hangings. Hilles Library, Harvard University
1976 ..... Batiks. McDermott Library, University of Texas at Dallas
1976 ..... Set Design. Production of Paul Claudel's Break of Noon, University of Texas at Dallas
1993 ..... Spirit Houses and Other Ribbonpaintings. Bishop Arts Cafe. Dallas, Texas.
1994 ..... Spirit House Ribbonpaintings in exhibition "The New Novel and its Extensions, Literary and Visual." Arnot Art Museum. Elmira, New York.
1995 ..... Ribbonpaintings. Madison and Main Gallery. Greeley, Colorado.