Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

El tiempo entre costuras: Gendered Vulnerability, Genre and Political Context

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2022), 99, (1), 7–18.

Abstract

María Dueñas’ first novel, El tiempo entre costuras (2009), comprises two distinct parts: a first set during the Republic, within which the author reinscribes various features of the novela rosa; and a second which has the post-Civil War period as a backdrop, and wherein Dueñas reproduces key narrative tenets of the spy novel. My contention here is that Dueñas deploys these generic revisions to portray the different historical contexts in order to illustrate the variable gendered vulnerability experienced by her female characters in the shift from Republican democracy to dictatorship.

La primera novela de María Dueñas, El tiempo entre costuras (2009), se compone de dos partes. En la primera, que transcurre durante la República, la autora reformula diferentes características de la novela rosa, mientras que en la segunda, que tiene como fondo el período de la posguerra, Dueñas reproduce los principios narrativos clave de la novela de espías. Este artículo argumenta que Dueñas emplea estas revisiones genéricas para retratar los diferentes contextos históricos para, a la vez, ilustrar la cambiante vulnerabilidad de género experimentada por sus personajes femeninos tanto durante la democracia republicana como durante la dictadura.

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GODSLAND, SHELLEY