Carmen Martín Gaite

Poetics, Visual Elements and Space

Author(s): Ester Bautista Botello

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • January 2019 · 272pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786833631
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786833655
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786833662
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About The Book

This book reconstructs the poetics of Carmen Martín Gaite by viewing the concept of journey as a fundamental principle upon which she bases and elaborates her narrative writing of the 1990s. Five novels published in this period receive critical attention, all of which coincide with the last trips taken by the writer to New York: Caperucita en Manhattan (1990), Nubosidad variable (1992), La reina de las nieves (1994), Lo raro es vivir (1996) and Irse de casa (1998). To the extent that the journey is the essence of the narrative under consideration, the concept is analysed as an aesthetic practice and an attempt to identify a series of actions, which allow us to link the writer’s novels with two areas that have previously received only scant critical scrutiny: geography and the visual dimension. This book presents a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of space in Martín Gaite’s narrative as well as in her collages, drawings and paintings.


‘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.’
-Emeritus Professor David T. Gies, University of Virginia


Series Editors’ Foreword
List of figures Introduction
The Historical, Narrative and Poetic Path of Carmen Martín Gaite
The Poetics of Carmen Martín Gaite
The Construction of Space
Visual Elements in the Narrative of Martín Gaite

About the Author(s)

Ester Bautista Botello

Ester Bautista Botello is Lecturer in Literary Studies at the Universidad Autonóma de Querétaro (UAQ, México); her main research interests are women’s writing and interdisciplinary works involving literature and the arts.

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