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Approaches to Teaching the Works of Carmen Mart?n Gaite
     

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Carmen Mart?n Gaite

by Joan L. Brown (Editor), Josefa ?lvarez (Contribution by), Frieda H. Blackwell (Contribution by), Isabel Estrada (Contribution by), Carlos Feal (Contribution by)
 

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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

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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 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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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603291323
Publisher:
Modern Language Association of America
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Series:
Approaches to Teaching World Literature , #128
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Joan L. Brown is Elias Ahuja Professor of Spanish at the University of Delaware. She is the author of Secrets from the Back Room: The Fiction of Carmen Martín Gaite (1987) and Confronting Our Canons: Spanish and Latin American Studies in the Twenty-First Century (2010). She is the editor of Women Writers of Contemporary Spain: Exiles in the Homeland (1991). With Carmen Martín Gaite, she wrote the textbook Conversaciones creadoras: Mastering Spanish Conversation (1994).

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