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Beyond the Back Room

Womack, Marian / Wood, Jennifer (eds)

Beyond the Back Room

New Perspectives on Carmen Martín Gaite

Series: Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas - Volume 25

Year of Publication: 2011

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. XIV, 322 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03911-827-4 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.480 kg, 1.058 lbs

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Book synopsis

This collection of essays examines current trends in scholarly research on Spanish author Carmen Martín Gaite (1925-2000). It concentrates on the least explored areas of Martín Gaite’s oeuvre, such as her collage artwork, the relationship between image and text in her work, and her close relationship with themes such as genre writing, the fairy tale, and textual/physical notions of space, as well as her personal theories on orality and narration. As we pass the tenth anniversary of her death, Martín Gaite continues to be an increasing focus of study, as scholars start to identify and comprehend the breadth and scope of her work.
The essays in the volume complement previous studies of Martín Gaite’s major works from the 1960s and 1970s by focusing largely on her later novels, together with in-depth analysis of the manuscripts and artistic materials that have been made available since her death.


Contents: Belén Gopegui: Foreword – Marian Womack: Introduction to Part One – Ester Bautista: Collages and Narrative in Carmen Martín Gaite – Jessamy Harvey: Moving Beyond Identification: Carmen Martín Gaite, from Passionate Reader to Co-Scriptwriter on RTVE’s Celia (1993) – Maria Alejandra Zanetta: The Idea of Sisterhood in Carmen Martín Gaite’s El cuarto de atrás and the Painting of Remedios Varo – Debra J. Ochoa: Martín Gaite’s Vision de Nueva York: Collage of Public and Private Space – Marian Womack: Introduction to Part Two – Jeannette Pucheau: The Home as Palimpsest: Nubosidad variable, Lo raro es vivir and Irse de casa – Alison Ribeiro de Menezes: Gender and Space in Carmen Martín Gaite: Nubosidad variable and La reina de las nieves – Pilar Martínez Quiroga: Back to the Local: The Representation of Galicia in Carmen Martín Gaite’s Retahílas – Kathleen Doyle: The Gothic in Martín Gaite’s El cuarto de atrás: Destabilizing the Sección Feminina’s Myth of la mujer muy mujer – Marian Womack: La reina de las nieves: Retelling Andersen as a Parable of the Spanish Republic and desmemoria – Jennifer Wood: Introduction to Part Three – María José Blanco: Carmen Martín Gaite’s Cuadernos de todo: A Writer’s Diary/A Writer’s Workshop – Heike Scharm: El cuarto de atrás and Soldados de Salamina: From the Recuperation of Memory to Marketing Memories – Ana Mancera Rueda: Spoken Discourse in the Narrative of Carmen Martín Gaite – Rosa Navarro: Coda: Editing one of Martín Gaite’s Notebooks, or The Sewing Studio.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Marian Womack is completing an interdisciplinary research project on the new female gothic tale at the Department of Comparative Literature at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has published articles on comparative literature, dealing especially with cross-over and children’s literature, film adaptations and popular genres. She is also a translator and anthologist, and her most recent publications include Dickens’s ghost stories and a new compilation of Russian gothic tales, both previously unpublished in Spain.
Jennifer Wood is Lecturer in Spanish at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Her research focuses on Modern Spanish Studies, particularly twentieth-century Spanish poetry and the Spanish Avant-Garde, including the influence of film and ‘lo cinemático’, Spanish Surrealism and women in the Avant-Garde. She has taught a number of courses on Spanish female writing in the Franco and post-Franco eras.


Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas. Vol. 25
Edited by Claudio Canaparo