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This book investigates the perceptions of motherhood in Spanish author Lucia Etxebarria's fiction and offers views of the importance of motherhood in society.
Traditional expectations for women as mothers persist despite the fact that they no longer match Spain's cultural and economic reality.
These issues of gender equality and societal perceptions stand out in the novels and screenplays of Etxebarria.
Her work at times resists and at times affirms patriarchal constructs associated with traditional Spanish motherhood, and ultimately, I argue, enacts the very complexity of contemporary Spanish motherhood ideals.
By showing the tension between the past constructs of the mother and the possible future outcomes of gender equality, Etxebarria's works navigate the complexity between past and future, illuminating the current and future uncertainties and the ambivalent nature of change.
Each chapter views motherhood from a different perspective and focuses on particular works of Etxebarria.
Through the depiction of a variety of mother characters, these different perspectives, as showcased in Etxebarria's narratives, together compose an understanding of Spanish maternal identity.
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