Pasavento. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. VII, n.º 2 (Summer 2019), pp. 463-485, ISSN: 2255-4505

THE MIRROR AS A METAPHOR OF ALTERITY AND INTERSUBJECTIVITY IN CARMEN MARTÍN GAITE’S WRITING

Ruben Venzon

ruben.venzon@gmail.com


Abstract

The mirror motive can be found frequently in Carmen Martín Gaite’s writing, both in her fiction as well as in her essays, and contains relevant metaphoric and symbolic implications. In order to understand its importance as leitmotif, this article firstly analyzes, based on Lacan’s psychoanalytic “mirror stage” theory, how the author portrays the problematic relationship between the individual and its own specular image to prove the insufficiency of subjectivity in the Cartesian sense. Subsequently, by means of writer’s reflections about both the search for the interlocutor and the interpersonal communication, the process of the metaphorization of the mirror and its significance will be studied emanating from the Lacanian “Big Other” concept. The fact that the mirror eventually symbolizes the other renders it possible to, lastly, explain the relevance Carmen Martín Gaite accords to the role of alterity and intersubjectivity in the self-development as well as in the personal realization of the subject.


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Keywords

Carmen Martín Gaite; Mirror; Alterity; Intersubjectivity; Identity

Reception Date

04.03.2018

Definitive Acceptance Date

11.21.2018

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