Remembering the forgotten mother is a major theme in Myth and Mother in Spanish Novels and reflects the current interest in the recuperation of historic memory in Spain. The novels in this study feature mature protagonists who recall their mothers as a way to define their own identities and to nullify the fictional matricide prevalent in post-war Spanish novels; this twenty-first-century fiction highlights the haunting presence of the mother and begs comparison with myth.
Sandra J. Schumm is professor of Spanish at Baker University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 "Magnetic Metis" Chapter 4 1. Introduction: Recovering the Matriarchal Goddess of Wisdom 5 2. Reparation to the Ghostly Mother: Carme Riera's La mitad del alma Chapter 6 3. Revaluing the Mother: Lucia Etxebarria's Un milagro en equilibrio Chapter 7 4. Forgiving Medusa: Rosa Montero's El corazon del tartaro Chapter 8 5. Ghosts and Lovers: Writing as Antidote in Maria de la Pau Janer's Las mujeres que hay en mi Chapter 9 6. Activating Intuitive Communication: Cristina Cerezales's De oca a oca Chapter 10 7. Reaching beyond Mothers and Daughters: Soledad Puertolas's Historia de un abrigo Chapter 11 Conclusion: Societal Transformations Chapter 12 Works Cited Chapter 13 Index