Carmen Martín Gaite 10 years on: revisiting her textual and visual legacy

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Maria-José Blanco and Jessamy Harvey, The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS, Birkbeck) and the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies) , London, UK.
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gaiteconference2010@googlemail.com

Carmen Martín Gaite 10 years on:
revisiting her textual and visual legacy

Conference to be held in London, 10-11 December 2010

Co-organizers: Dr Maria-José Blanco and Dr Jessamy Harvey

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS, Birkbeck) and the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies) are to collaborate on a two day conference hosted by the IGRS, Stewart House, London, focusing on the textual and visual output of Spanish writer Carmen Martín Gaite (1925-2000) on the 10th anniversary of her death. A multifaceted cultural producer, Martín Gaite was the author of novels, children’s fiction, short stories, and poetry, as well as a scriptwriter, translator, essayist, historian and collage artist. Her work, particularly the novels, have long been the focus of academic study in Anglo-American and European universities, and in the last few years scholars have begun to focus on the most ignored aspects of her work resulting in a growing number of critical publications.

The aim of this conference is to bring all participants into a dialogue about the ways in which our perceptions of the author have changed in the last decade not only with the emergence of posthumous work, which invites a review of past scholarship, but also given the increased importance of visual studies within Hispanism.

The first day of the conference will focus on the visual aspects of Martín Gaite’s work, while the second day will focus on the written work and especially in the author’s manuscripts which both José Teruel and Maria Vittoria Calvi, two of our key note speakers, have helped with their publication.
The main conference themes are, among others:
- the images of America in Martín Gaite’s work
- the transformation of the written word into visual media
- the reinterpretation of the author’s legacy
- the interplay between public and private persona
- the comparison of her children’s literature with that of other European women writers

There will be a series of panels focussing on the visual and the written work, such as:
- Screen adaptations: Visualizing the textual
- Posthumous manuscripts: Opening the past
- Revisiting the textual legacy

In addition, there will be two round tables:
- Carmen Martín Gaite’s Visión de Nueva York (2005) and collage art
- Children’s literature in Europe: Carmen Martín Gaite and other women writers for children

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on any of the above topics, or others relevant to the overall theme of the conference. In addition, we are also inviting 10 minute papers for the roundtables. The latter need not be from specialists on Martín Gaite, but must be relevant to either collage art, visions of New York, or children’s literature in order to open up the debate. Deadline for proposals (300 words max.): 22 March 2010.
Please email the conference organisers Maria-José Blanco and Jessamy Harvey at gaiteconference2010@googlemail.com

cfp categories: 
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
international_conferences
twentieth_century_and_beyond