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Singing the past: the politics of music in Carmen Martín Gaite

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Carmen Martín Gaite directed her critical and creative gaze toward many forms of popular culture. However, music plays a particularly important role in her work and has not been closely examined. Martín Gaite’s predilection for music is such that it forms an explicit connection among her works, as is the case with the article “Cuarto a espadas sobre las coplas de posguerra” (1972), the novel-essay El cuarto de atrás (1978) and the book-length essay Usos amorosos de la postguerra española (1987). This article analyzes the political repercussions of popular music in constructing memory and argues that popular music in Martín Gaite is an intertext that serves in narrating the past. In particular, popular music in Martín Gaite’s literature facilitates catharsis regarding the open wounds from the Spanish Civil War and the postwar period.
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Keywords: Martín Gaite; dictatorship; music; politics; women

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Languages, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Publication date: October 2, 2019

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