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Abstract

I analyze female coming-of-age's subjectivity foundations in Habíamos ganado la guerra (2008) by Esther Tusquets. She discusses socializing during girlhood looking into adulthood under the civil uneasiness of post-Civil War Spain. Her voice remodels her conflicting identity and her cultural imbalance through a “female counter-narrative.”

Her memories becomes a problem solving mechanism for her anxiety and self-doubts derivative from conflicts between her maturity process and the established manual for female behavior of General Franco’s Spain. She reclaims her true subjectivity and moral agency with the written word. Therefore, fictional memoir equates to a valuable remodeling of the female subject.

Bio Note

Agustín Martínez-Samos is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Texas A&M International University. His major fields are 20th and 21st Century Spanish Literature and Culture. He has participated in national and international conferences and has published articles and book chapters on a range of topics, especially in Historical Memory and Exile, Urban Space, Gender Relationships and Identity.

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