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Loving’s the Strange Thing

Jungian Individuation in the Fairy Tales of Carmen Martín Gaite


Anne-Marie Storrs

This groundbreaking volume argues that Carmen Martín Gaite and Carl Jung form an ideal combination. All the main features of the Jungian individuation process are present in the Spanish writer’s fairy tales: dreams, shadow figures, wise men and women, the Self, anima and animus. Martín Gaite has been described by the critic Salustiano Martín as trying to offer human beings a different way. In this accessible new study, Anne-Marie Storrs claims that this way is found through the process of individuation – the psychological development of a unique individual – and that aspects of the process are imaginatively depicted in the three shorter fairy tales, El castillo de las tres murallas, El pastel del diablo and Caperucita en Manhattan, and in the novel so closely linked with Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, La reina de las nieves.

Drawing on the work of Jungian writers to clarify and illuminate its argument, this book takes an entirely new perspective on Martín Gaite’s work and, in doing so, challenges the prejudice and suspicion that too many in the humanities and beyond continue to experience when they come face to face with Jung.

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I would like to thank all those who have helped, supported, and encouraged me on the road to completing this book. First of all, Professor Alexis Grohmann, who supervised the PhD on which this book is based, for his wise and timely advice and encouragement. The interest and good advice of Dr José Saval, Dr Catherine O’Leary, and Dr Huw Lewis have been much appreciated. I would like to give thanks to Professor Jo Labanyi for her enthusiasm for my earliest work on Carmen Martín Gaite, which has sustained me along the way. Thanks for their support also go to Marion Spöring of the University of Dundee, Dr Robert Oakley of the University of Birmingham, Dr Mercedes Carbayo-Abengozar, Dr Susana Bayó Belenguer, Professor Maria Vittoria Calvi, and Dr Jessamy Harvey. I am grateful to the staff of the library at the University of Edinburgh, who have been unfailingly helpful, and also to the staff of the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid, and of the libraries of the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews.

The values with which my parents, Margaret and Gerard Gartland, nurtured their children permeate this book and for this I am especially grateful to them. And thanks go to all my family for their support and encouragement, shown in so many different ways over the years.

My final thanks go to my husband, Chris – my ideal scholar – whose breadth and depth of learning and culture never cease to amaze me....

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