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Approaches to Teaching the Works of Carmen Martín Gaite

Editor(s): Joan L. Brown

Pages: xii & 280 pp.
Published: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-60329-131-6 (cloth)
ISBN: 978-1-60329-132-3 (paperback)

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“Carmen Martín Gaite is one of the most important Spanish writers of the twentieth century. The diversity and complexity of her work, which includes fiction, essays, children’s literature, poetry, and drama, call for a road map, and this volume definitely provides one.”
Nuria Cruz-Cámara, University of Tennessee

“This is an excellent and welcome book, written with care by a diverse group of scholars. The inclusion of Carmen Martín Gaite’s only autobiography brings the reader closer to the author’s voice. Readers will find many innovative teaching techniques and activities to enhance the learning experience for students; the reviews of Martín Gaite’s works and of the critical studies on her will broaden the professor’s understanding, and the time line of Spanish history is thorough and helpful.”
Catherine G. Bellver, University of Nevada, Las Vegas




The career of Spain’s celebrated author Carmen Martín Gaite spanned the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s dictatorship, and the nation’s transition to democracy. She wrote fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays for television and film, and books of literary and cultural analysis. The only person to win Spain’s National Prize for Literature (Premio Nacional de las Letras) twice, Martín Gaite explored and blended a range of genres, from social realism to the fantastic, as she took up issues of gender, class, economics, and aesthetics in a time of political upheaval.

Part 1 (“Materials”) of this volume provides resources for instructors and a literary-historical chronology. The essays in part 2 (“Approaches”) consider Martín Gaite’s best-known novel, The Back Room (El cuarto de atrás), and other works from various perspectives: narratological, feminist, sociocultural, stylistic. In an appendix, the volume editor, who was a friend of the author, provides a new translation of Martín Gaite’s only autobiographical sketch, alongside the original Spanish.

Volume editor
Joan L. Brown

Contributors
Josefa Álvarez
Frieda H. Blackwell
Isabel Estrada
Carlos Feal
María Fernández Babineaux Lamarque
Ofelia Ferrán
Soledad Fox
Emily C. Francomano
Jacqueline Gowen-Tolcott
María Luisa Guardiola
Jessamy Harvey
David K. Herzberger
Roberta Johnson
Vilma Navarro-Daniels
Patricia O’Byrne
Janet Pérez
Randolph D. Pope
Dale J. Pratt
Lissette Rolón Collazo
José Teruel


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