A Companion to Carmen Martín Gaite
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304 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Monografías A

Imprint: Tamesis Books

A Companion to Carmen Martín Gaite

by Catherine O'Leary and Alison Ribeiro de Menezes

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A comprehensive examination of the full range of Carmen Martín Gaite's work.
Carmen Martín Gaite produced a large body of work in various genres over the course of her five-decade career, though she is primarily known as a novelist, short story writer, and social commentator. Her work at times reflects, and at times defies, the pattern of development in Spanish fiction since the 1950s. This Companion offers a re-reading of Martín Gaite's works, emphasizing her early experimentalism which culminated in mid-career works (notably El cuarto de atrás), and stressing how, in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the majority of Spanish novelists were engaged in a critique of history, Martín Gaite turned to the writing of cultural history, exploring its intersection with narrative fiction in a positivist rather than a nihilistic mode. Her exploration of gender issues, particularly mother-child relations, towards the end of her career anticipated new directions in feminist thought. Discussions of often-ignored works, such as poetry, drama, children's literature, and literary translations, offer insight into sidelined aspects of this writer's literary output.

Catherine O'Leary is Reader in Spanish at the University of St Andrews. Alison Ribeiro de Menezes is Professor of Spanish at the University of Warwick.
Entre visililos
Short Stories
Rit lento
Retahílas
Fragmentos de interior
El cuarto de atras
Nubosidad variable
La reina de las nieves
Lo raro es vivir
Irse de casa
Essays and Historical Writings
El cuento de nunca acabar
Theatre and Poetry
Children's Literature and Los parentescos
"Offers a structured and comprehensive panorama of the distinct genres of a writer that has contributed a unique literary voice to Spain in the second half of the twentieth century." IBEROAMERICANA
"Despite her extraordinary contribution to contemporary Spanish literature, martingaitistas from English-speaking countries have had to wait for years for a book like the one reviewed here: an overview of Carmen Martin Gaite's oeuvre, attractive and stimulating to both specialists in the field and tertiary students." JOURNAL OF IBERIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH
"A guide for anyone interested in the life and works of this prolific 20th-century Spanish author, this volume provides [.] invaluable information on how her experiences impacted on her development as a writer. Recommended." CHOICE
"Este es un libro imprescindible para cualquiera que desee tener una visión panorámica y a la vez profunda de la obra completa de Carmen Martín Gaite." BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

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9781855662810

August 2014

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Title Details

304 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Monografías A

Imprint: Tamesis Books