The aim of this thesis is to explore how Esther Tusquets' "Carta a la madre" can be viewed as an evolution of Elia's emotional struggles in her search for forgiveness and closure with her mother in El mismo mar de todos los veranos, and explain why Tusquets would chose to reintroduce these characters (or slight variations of them) to readers close to twenty years later. There are differences that exist between the works and some characters are altered, but my analysis illustrates that "Carta a la madre" is not a continuation of Elia's story, but rather an evolution of the mother daughter relationship that ultimately has the "narrative space" and the epistolary characteristics that allow for healing. By presenting readers with a variation of the story using another genre, Tusquets suggests that there can be closure and progress made when an external, dialogic action is taken.


Kimberly Contag

First Committee Member

Gregory Taylor

Second Committee Member

James Grabowska

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


World Languages and Cultures


Arts and Humanities

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