Unreachable horizons: women's destiny in two short stories

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Scott, Colleen D.
Myers, Eunice, 1948-

Colleen D. Scott. (2012). Unreachable Horizons: Women's Destiny in Two Short Stories. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.46


I examine the oppressed role of women in two short stories by Spanish author Carmen Martín Gaite. The stories are set against the backdrop of a post-civil war Spain and therefore echo the desolation and angst felt by many during this time. The female protagonist in each story dreams of and strives for a better life away from her own. They battle with internal conflicts as well as the external pressures of a patriarchal society. Escapism is their means of coping. I examine the incongruity between their dreams and reality and explore what impedes these female characters from realizing their full potential.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences