Search for Identity in the Narrative of Rosa Montero

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This study examines constructions of women’s individual and collective identity through a variety of discursive practices within the narrative of the contemporary Spanish writer, Rosa Montero. The narrative strategies used by Montero are placed in the context of the changing socio-political situation of women since the death of Franco. The study traces a trajectory from predominantly mimetic testimonial novels to an increased awareness of the possibilities of fantasy and the fantastic for identity politics, related to contemporary debates around the categories of equality and difference within Spanish feminism, using a multi-disciplinary approach. While particular attention is paid to sexuality and popular culture, the study also examines how the problematic relationship between feminist and postmodernist theorizing of identity and subjectivity is negotiated through Montero’s creative practice.


“. . . places Montero’s fiction squarely within the social and political world of post-Franco Spain. . . . Presenting Montero first as a writer and then as a feminist, the author highlights the connection between historical events and each novel, as Montero reacted against different issues affecting Spanish women. She looks at how Montero understands the role of women, the meaning of change, and the power of fiction as real women keep questioning their assigned role in society.” - CHOICE

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
1. A Study of the Equality and Difference Debate and Its Implications in the Narrative of Rosa Montero
2. A Social Critique of the Institution of Motherhood in the Crónica del desamor
3. Metafiction and the Search for Identity in Crónica del desamor and La función delta
4. The Function of the Bolero in Te trataré como a una reina
5. Crossing Subject-Object Boundaries in Te trataré como a una reina
6. Anti-Heroes and Heroines in Amado amo, Temblor and El nido de los sueños
Epilogue: Narrative and Identity in Bella y oscura and La hija del caníbal
Conclusion: Paradoxical and Shifting Identities
Appendix: Three Interviews with Rosa Montero
Bibliography, Index

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