Fictional Afterlife: Narrative Ending in Selected Contemporary Spanish Women Writers

By Brenda Cappuccio.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The tidy little happy ending, at least among contemporary Hispanic women writers, is no longer a given. A consideration of narratives by Carmen Laforet, Esther Tusquets, Ana María Moix, Rosa Montero, Isabel Franc, and Marisa Silva Schultze indicates that these writers use techniques which leave their readers-voluntarily or involuntarily-very much immersed in the world of the work. If, as Bruce DeSilva has declared, “Every story has to arrive at a destination …. That’s the whole point of the story, to get to that destination,” then these endings merit closer examination and categorization. Using studies such as Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Writing beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers and Earl G. Ingersoll’s Waiting for the End: Gender and Ending in the Contemporary Novel, I propose to analyze some of the endings provided in the fiction of these women writers and discover what sets them apart from the traditional ending.

Keywords: Narrative Ending, Women Writers, Hispanic Literature, Contemporary Women’s Writing

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp.55-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 754.820KB).

Prof. Brenda Cappuccio

Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a specialization in Hispanic poetry, Brenda Cappuccio has been with the Florida State University since 1988. As an Associate Professor of Spanish, her research interests include contemporary Hispanic women’s writing, Spanish Peninsular prose and poetry,contemporary Uruguayan writers, and translation.


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