Carmen Martın Gaite completed El cuarto de atrás in , two years after the However, El cuarto de atrás (winner of the National Prize for literature). The most recent novel by Carmen Martin Gaite is a remarkable hybrid. El cuarto de atr?s,2 winner of the Premio. Nacional de Literatura, encompasses two. El cuarto de atrás has entered the Hispanic literary canon in universities in the United States. It is by far Martín Gaite’s most taught work.

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It is a brilliant work of fiction, but that is not enough to make a work canonical. These criteria are the factors that cuartoo a work canonical. As I have described in Confronting Our Canonsthese factors are of two types: Intrinsic factors are located within a text, and extrinsic factors are situated beyond it. During a one night-long encounter on a stormy night, a character cuarho exactly resembles the author engages in a frank conversation with a man dressed in black—an otherworldly interlocutor who helps her retrieve long-suppressed memories of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.


The novel supplies information in every conceivable category: The final intrinsic category, the ability to entertain or move the reader, is less subjective than it seems. It depends on individual identification with a character and his or her quest, as happens with readers of this novel.

Extrinsic factors include recognition in the form of attention by scholars, prizes won, and marketing; importance for groups and individuals; availability; and tradition and inertia.

The book has clearly received recognition and publicity. Marketing has also been consistent over time.

The novel is important to a number of groups and individuals, including Spaniards who want to understand their history; women; and literary scholars.

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