If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact Faza.spb.ru User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Never-Ending Story: Carmen Martín Gaite's The Back Room
Debra A. Castillo
Vol. 102, No. 5 (Oct., 1987), pp. 814-828
Published by: Modern Language Association
Stable URL: http:/stable/462310
Page Count: 15
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Novels, Narrators, Literary criticism, Memory, Fantasy fiction, Literary history, Narratives, Literature, Pills, Death
Were these topics helpful?See something inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact Faza.spb.ru User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
It would be deceptively easy for a critic defining the central conflict of The Back Room, Carmen Martín Gaite's first post-Franco novel, to sort out a series of polar forces-chaos and order, memory and memoir, fantasy and reality, "loose" woman and Falangist supporter. While the narrator recognizes the impossibility of emancipation from these necessary structures of thought, she nevertheless insists on her freedom to question such dualisms and to collapse apparent polarities in a radically ambiguous manner, rendering undecidable many issues of limits and transgression. The resulting story is both untellable and never-ending, and its most significant allegorical representation in the text is a sewing basket full of miscellaneous items tangled in colored thread.
PMLA © 1987 Modern Language Association