Life Writing in Carmen Martin Gaite's Cuadernos de todo and her Novels of the 1990s

Life Writing in Carmen Martin Gaite's Cuadernos de todo and her Novels of the 1990s

by Maria-Jose Blanco Lopez de Lerma


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Carmen Martín Gaite (1925-2000) was one of the most important Spanish writers of the second half of the twentieth century. From the 1940s, until her death in 2000, she published short stories, novels, poetry, drama, children literature and cultural and historical studies. This book studies life writing in Martín Gaite's notebooks Cuadernos de todo (2002) and her novels of the 1990s, Nubosidad variable (1992), La Reina de las nieves (1994), Lo raro es vivir (1996) and Irse de casa (1998). It looks at the use of first person narration in Martín Gaite's work, drawing a parallel between the notebooks and her fictional work. It further analyses the waythe author's notebooks relate to the development of her later novels as well as the use of writing as therapy. This work offers a way of looking at Carmen Martín Gaite's work from a personal and intimate perspective.

Maria-José Blanco López de Lerma is Spanish Lecturer and Language Tutor at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin-American Studies, King's College London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855662476
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 01/17/2013
Series: Monografias A Series , #312
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Spanish Lecturer and Language Tutor

Spanish Lecturer and Language Tutor

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 Letters, Diaries and Self-Reflective Writing 15

2 Cuadernos de todo: Carmen Martín Gaite's Diaries 50

3 Nubosidad variable: Letters and Diaries, Female Friendship through Writing 112

4 La Reina de las Nieves: a Personal Search through Diaries and Letters 137

5 Lo raro es vivir: Personal Reflections from Historical Research 161

6 Irse de casa: Life through the Cinematographic Lens, Writing One's Own Life-Script 180

Conclusion 199

Bibliography 206

Index 218

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