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Beyond the Back Room

New Perspectives on Carmen Martín Gaite


Edited By Marian Womack and Jennifer Wood

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.


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Acknowledgements ix List of Abbreviations xi Belén Gopegui Foreword xiii Part One Image / Art 1 Marian Womack Introduction to Part One 3 Ester Bautista Collages and Narrative in Carmen Martín Gaite 11 Jessamy Harvey Moving Beyond Identification: Carmen Martín Gaite, from Passionate Reader to Co-Scriptwriter on RTVE’s Celia (1993) 35 Maria Alejandra Zanetta The Idea of Sisterhood in Carmen Martín Gaite’s El cuarto de atrás and the Paintings of Remedios Varo 51 Debra J. Ochoa Martín Gaite’s Vision de Nueva York: Collage of Public and Private Space 81 vi Part Two Space / Fantasy 99 Marian Womack Introduction to Part Two 101 Jeanette Pucheu The Home as Palimpsest: Nubosidad variable, Lo raro es vivir and Irse de casa 109 Alison Ribeiro de Menezes Gender and Space in Carmen Martín Gaite’s Nubosidad variable and La reina de las nieves 135 Pilar Martínez Quiroga Back to the Local: The Representation of Galicia in Carmen Martín Gaite’s Retahílas 159 Kathleen Doyle The Gothic in Martín Gaite’s El cuarto de atrás: Destabilizing the Sección Feminina’s Myth of la mujer muy mujer 173 Marian Womack La reina de las nieves: Retelling Andersen as a Parable of the Spanish Republic and desmemoria 189 Part Three Writing / Memory 219 Jennifer Wood Introduction to Part Three 221 vii María José Blanco Carmen Martín Gaite’s Cuadernos de todo: A Writer’s Diary / A Writer’s Workshop 233 Heike Scharm El cuarto de atr...

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