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Imposición identitaria durante el Franquismo y la Transición en las novelas de Rosa Montero




Cabañes-Martínez, Aintzane, author
Pedrós-Gascón, Antonio F., advisor
Leal, Francisco, committee member
Yarrington, Doug, committee member

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Despite the considerable critical reception that Rosa Montero's journalist work has achieved, her novels have not been received with equitable acceptance by critics. One of the main reasons why her novels have not been equally valued is that their study is very limited. Thus, most of the analyses that have been published about the novels of the Spanish novelist are focused on examining aspects that are connected to feminism. The present study is aimed to analyze the identity conflict that the characters of some of Rosa Montero's novels develop. In order to do so, the framework that Vanessa Knights establishes in her book The Search for Identity in the Narrative of Rosa Montero will be expanded from being centered in the search for identity in women to the search for identity in the individual. The analyzes will build a direct connection between the construction of identity and the historical and social context in which the novels that are going to be analyzed are framed, since it is my opinion that the previous studies have not paid enough attention to the influence of the context. This is why, apart from making reference to the identity theories upon which the study will be based, the present work also examines the implications that the history and context have in the construction of identity. Due to the fact that the characters of the analyzed novels are influenced by two main periods -the Francoist dictatorship and the Transition together with the first years of the Spanish democracy-, the analysis has been divided in two main sections: the novels that deal with the past -Bella y oscura and La hija del caníbal-, and those that deal with the present -Crónica del desamor, Te trataré como a una reina y Amado amo. This research proposes that the novels break with the traditional conceptions of identity as static to promote a fluid and constantly changing conception.


Text in Spanish; title page and abstract in Spanish and English.

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