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Life Writing in Carmen Martín Gaite's <I>Cuadernos de todo</I> and her Novels of the 1990s


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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 astorical 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 Ir 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 way the author's notebooks relate to the development of her later novels ll 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 Departmen Portuguese & Latin-American Studies, King's College London.


Maria-José Blanco López de Lerma's book offers a valuable overview of Martín Gaite's oeuvre and the critical attention it has received. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES


First Published: 17 Jan 2013
13 Digit ISBN: 9781855662476
Pages: 230
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Tamesis Books
BIC Class: GTB

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  Letters, Diaries and Self-Reflective Writing
  • 3  Cuadernos de todo:Carmen Martín Gaite's Diaries
  • 4  Nubosidad variable:Letters and Diaries, Female Friendship through Writing
  • 5  La reina de las nieves: A Personal Search through Diaries and Letters
  • 6  Lo raro es vivir: Personal Reflections from Historical Research
  • 7  Irse de casa: Life through the Cinematographic lens, Writing One's Own Life-Script
  • 8  Conclusion
  • 9  Appendix: Some American Collages
  • 10  Bibliography

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