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Carmen Laforet - To what extent do you think that Nada defends the patriarchal discourse?
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Contemporary Spanish Literature
e) To what extent do you think that Nada defends the Patriarchal Discourse?
Carmen Laforet's Nada is set in 1940s post-civil war Barcelona, and is narrated in retrospect by the main protagonist, Andrea. After having spent the war years in a convent, an eighteen-year-old Andrea comes to Barcelona to live with her dead mother's relatives in order to pursue an academic career in letras. Andrea arrives at the family home, full of youthful enthusiasm, only to discover that nothing is as she had expected it to be, with the house on Aribau Street bearing no resemblance to the prosperous, happy home she had visited as a child. In the year that follows, Andrea becomes embroiled in the sordid intrigues surrounding the lives of the inhabitants of Calle Aribau, while at the same time forming a provident friendship with a university companion, Ena. Finally, just as it seems she is destined to spend the foreseeable future at Calle Aribau, Andrea is provided a timely escape route through an invitation to live with Ena and her wealthy family in Madrid. In style, Nada could be said
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