Call for Papers:
The Power of Marginal Spaces in the Works of Carmen Martín Gaite
September 30, 2010
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference (Women's and Gender Studies)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, April 7-10, 2011
In Carmen Martín Gaite’s “The Back Room,” the room emerges not merely as a source of creativity and aesthetic content, but as a challenge to Carmen, the thinly fictionalized woman writer who narrates the story. Paradoxically, though she has been acculturated to believe in the inherent inferiority of her experiences as a woman, she needs to draw on that very experience to write well. Actually, in order to write at all, she must reconcile the space between the sideboard that dominates her childhood play space and her grandmother’s mirror, the surface through which “[a]ll of Galicia flows,” the space that reveals to her the splintered image of herself, the debilitating wound she bears, the wound that stymies her confidence and blocks her from writing. To find her voice, Martín Gaite’s Carmen learns to revel in the story which has so frequently been absent from history: the story of the culturally marginalized, the miniscule, the domestic, the perspective from “behind the curtain,” a theme which also runs through ‘The Spa’ and ‘The Castle of the Three Walls’, to name only two examples.
How do marginal spaces empower or debilitate? How do they figure in Martín Gaite’s ideas about history and feminism, aesthetics and politics? How did her ideas about marginality develop? How do they link her to other feminist writers? How do these ideas reposition her within a feminist canon from which she has been mostly excluded?
Please send abstracts (500 words) for 15 to 20 minute papers (2500 to 3000 words) to Elizabeth.Huergo@montgomerycollege.edu. Abstracts may be submitted in Spanish, but papers need to be delivered in English. Selected panelists must be NeMLA members and registered for the conference by 30 November 2010. Please include on the abstract your name and affiliation, e-mail address, postal address, telephone number, and A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee). Requests for more information are very welcome.
Call for Papers Online:
More information on the 2011 conference is available online: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2011/cfp.html
Elizabeth Martínez Huergo, Ph.D.
Professor of English
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
(F) 240.567.7410 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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