Approaches to Teaching the Works of Carmen Martín Gaite

  • Editor: Joan L. Brown
  • Pages: xii & 280 pp.
  • Published: 2013
  • ISBN: 9781603291316 (Cloth)
  • ISBN: 9781603291323 (Paperback)

“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.

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

Acknowledgments

Preface to the Volume

PART ONE: MATERIALS

Introduction

Resources for Teaching

Literary-Historical Time Line for Carmen Martín Gaite

PART TWO: APPROACHES

Introduction

Novels of the Spanish Post–Civil War Era

Teaching Entre visillos in Its Sociohistorical Context

Frieda H. Blackwell

A Narratological Approach to the Teaching of Entre visillos

Patricia O’Byrne

Cellophane Girls: Feminine Models in Entre visillos and Usos amorosos de las postguerra española

Soledad Fox

Teaching "Las ataduras" in the Advanced Placement Spanish Course or Introductory College Literarature Course

Jacqueline Gowen-Talcott and Joan L. Brown

Novels of the Late Postwar Era and the Transition to Democracy

Ritmo lento and Carmen Martín Gaite’s Role in the Renewal of the Spanish Novel of the 1960s

José Teruel

Teaching Entre visillos and Retahílas as Representative of Martín Gaite’s Oeuvre

María Luisa Guardiola

Teaching Fragmentos de interior as Metafiction and Psychosocial History

Carlos Feal

The Canonical Novel El cuarto de atrás / The Back Room

The Back Room: Teaching Translation, History, Literature, and Culture

Joan L. Brown

El cuarto de atrás, the Fantastic, and the Peninsular Survey Course

Dale J. Pratt

Teaching El cuarto de atrás in the Context of History and Historiography

David K. Herzberger

El cuarto de atrás and the Intellectual Work of Student Writing

Emily C. Francomano

Teaching El cuarto de atrás with Nonfiction Works by Martín Gaite at the Graduate Level

María Fernández Babineaux Lamarque

Novels of the Post-Franco Democratic Era

Fairy Tales and Rewriting: Teaching Caperucita en Manhattan

Lissette Rolón Collazo

The Practice of Literature: “In Search of an Interlocutor” through Carmen Martín Gaite’s Nubosidad variable

Randolph D. Pope

French Feminism(s) and Écriture Féminine: Teaching Nubosidad variable in a Graduate Seminar

Ofelia Ferrán

Teaching La Reina de las Nieves: Metafiction, History, and Student Writing

Vilma Navarro-Daniels

Analyzing Los parentescos and Preparing Students for Creative Writing

Isabel Estrada

Poetry, Theater, and Television

Teaching the Poems of A rachas: Themes and Forms

Josefa Álvarez

Teaching Carmen Martín Gaite’s Play La hermana pequeña

Janet Pérez

The Pleasures and Perils of Bringing Celia into the Classroom: Teaching the Television Adaptation in a Course on Childhood and Youth Culture

Jessamy Harvey

Selected Essays

Teaching Carmen Martín Gaite as a Feminist Thinker

Roberta Johnson

Appendix A: Carmen Martín Gaite’s Autobiographical Sketch

Introduction

Un bosquejo autobiográfico

Carmen Martín Gaite

An Autobiographical Sketch

New translation by Joan L. Brown

Appendix B: Selected Bibliography of the Works of Carmen Martín Gaite

Notes on Contributors

Survey Participants

Works Cited

Index