A Companion to Carmen Martin Gaite, Paperback / softback Book

A Companion to Carmen Martin Gaite Paperback / softback

Part of the Coleccion Tamesis: Serie A, Monografias series


Carmen Martin 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 Martin Gaite's works, emphasizing her early experimentalism which culminated in mid-career works (notably El cuarto de atras), and stressing how, in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the majority of Spanish novelists were engaged in a critique of history, Martin 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9781855662810

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