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Carmen Martín Gaite

Poetics, Visual Elements and Space

How to write a novel? Why the representation of space is relevant? Why are there so many female characters in Martín Gaite’s narrative? How is collage used in her narrative? The answers to these questions are related to the writing processes in the works of Carmen Martín Gaite. In both her essays and novels, she always reflected upon the relevance of the act of writing.This book analyzes Martín Gaite’s novels published in the 1990s. It offers important focuses on the way a persistent presence of visual elements (drawing, painting and collage) sheds light on the relevance of her residence in the United States.

272 pages | 3 figures | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018

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“Through the lens of geographical space (interior, exterior, urban, domestic, visual—physical places as well as the worlds of dream, fantasy, and memory), Ester Bautista Botello studies Carmen Martín Gaite’s ample production in order to discern a poetics of space in her work, what Martín Gaite might see as ‘the journey as the centre of all storytelling.’ She draws not only from the author’s narrative fictions, but also from her musings on the process of writing (articles, lectures, and collections). Well documented and thoughtfully constructed, this book offers a new way for readers of one of Spain’s foremost twentieth-century writers to approach (or discover) her important work.”


David T. Gies, University of Virginia

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