The Franco Regime in Literature Comparison Essay by Lucia

The Franco Regime in Literature
A comparative review of the works "The Time of the Doves" by Merce Rodoreda and "The Back Room" by Martin Gaite.
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Published on Sep 01, 2010 in Literature (Spanish)

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This paper reviews and compares "The Time of the Doves" by Merce Rodoreda and "The Back Room" by Martin Gaite. The paper describes these books as powerful stories that emerged under the Franco Regime and Spanish Civil War, providing historical accounts of the oppressive dictatorship. The paper shares these moving stories teach readers about the unjust laws that confined the Spanish wife and repressed homosexuality, the hunger that plagued the Spanish people, and the challenges the nation faced as a result to a corrupt dictatorship. This paper also analyzes the two novels in detail by comparing the plot and literary devices each author uses to portray a similar image of Spain during the Franco regime. The paper concludes that both novels are historical accounts of Spanish history, and although they differ significantly, both are useful in understanding the history of Spain.

From the Paper:

"In the Back Room, Carmen, unlike Natalia, provides the reader with direct insight of the Franco dictatorship. She addresses Franco directly, as well as The Women's Section of The Falange Party, Hitler, the Civil War, Primo de Rivera, Queen Isabella, the death of Franco and other political references. Much of what we know about the protagonist, that she is educated and from a middle class family, explains why she is more knowledgeable than Natalia about political topics. We learn from her story very similar elements presented in the Time of the Doves. One of these elements is the woman's role in the Spanish society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lannon, Frances. "Women and Images of Women in the Spanish Civil War." Transactions of the Royal Society. 1. (1991): 213-228.
  • Martin-Gaite, Carmen. The Back Room. San Francisco, California: City Light Books, 2000.
  • Ortiz, Carmen. The Usages of Folklore by the Franco Regime. 112. Chicago, Illinois: American Folklore Society, 1999. 479-496.
  • Rodoreda, Merce. The Time of the Doves. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 1980.
  • "Francisco Franco." Web. <>

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