Approaches to Teaching the Works of Carmen Mart?n Gaite

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

"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

From the Publisher

"This is an excellent and welcome book, written with care by a diverse group of scholars. The inclusion of Carmen Martín Gaíte'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 Martin Gaíte'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 Nevada, Las Vegas

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603291323
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature , #128
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface to the Volume xi

PART ONE: MATERIALS

Introduction 3

Resources for Teaching 11

Literary-Historical Time Line for Carmen Martín Gaite 14

PART TWO: APPROACHES

Introduction 21

Novels of the Spanish Post-Civil War Era Teaching Entre visillos in Its Sociohistorical Context Frieda H. Blackwell 26

A Narratological Approach to the Teaching of Entre visillos Patricia O'Byrne 35

Cellophane Girls: Feminine Models in Entre visillos and Usos amorosos de la postguerra española Soledad Fox 44

Teaching "Las ataduras" in the Advanced Placement Spanish Course or Introductory College Literature Course Jacqueline Gowen-Tolcott and Joan L. Brown 52

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 60

Teaching Entre visillos and Retahílas as Representative of Martín Gaite's Oeuvre María Luisa Guardiola 71

Teaching Fragmentos de interior as Metafiction and Psychosocial History Carlos Feal 79

The Canonical Novel El cuarto de atrás / The Back Room

The Back Room: Teaching Translation, History, Literature, and Culture Joan L. Brown 89

El cuarto de atrás, the Fantastic, and the Peninsular Survey Course Dale J. Pratt 101

Teaching El cuarto de atrás in the Context of History and Historiography David K. Herzberger 113

El cuarto de atrás and the Intellectual Work of Student Writing Emily C. Francomano 122

Teaching El cuarto de atrás with Nonfiction Works by Martín Gaite at the Graduate Level María Fernández Babineaux Lamarque 133

Novels of the Post-Franco Democratic Era

Fairy Tales and Rewriting: Teaching Caperucita en Manhattan Lissette Rolón Collazo 139

The Practice of Literature: "In Search of an Interlocutor" through Carmen Martín Gaite's Nubosidad variable Randolph D. Pope 147

French Feminism(s) and Écriture Féminine: Teaching Nubosidad variable in a Graduate Seminar Ofelia Ferrán 154

Teaching La Reina de las Nieves: Metafiction, History, and Student Writing Vilma Navarro-Daniels 165

Analyzing Los parentescos and Preparing Students for Creative Writing Isabel Estrada 173

Poetry, Theater, and Television

Teaching the Poems of A rachas: Themes and Forms Josefa Álvarez 181

Teaching Carmen Martín Gaite's Play La hermana pequeña Janet Pérez 193

The Pleasures and Perils of Bringing Celia into the Classroom: Teaching the Television Adaptation in a Course on Childhood and Youth Culture Jessamy Harvey 200

Selected Essays

Teaching Carmen Martín Gaite as a Feminist Thinker Roberta Johnson 208

Appendix A: Carmen Martín Gaite's Autobiographical Sketch

Introduction 225

Un bosquejo autobiográfico Carmen Martín Gaite 225

An Autobiographical Sketch New translation by Joan L. Brown 235

Appendix B: Selected Bibliography of the Works of Carmen Martín Gaite 247

Notes on Contributors 251

Survey Participants 255

Works Cited 257

Index 275

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