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.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Arts and Humanities
Petersen, J. M. (2011). Esther Tusquets' El mismo mar de todos los veranos and "Carta a la madre": The Healing Transformation of the Mother-Daughter Relationship [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/252/
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