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Nathaniel Smith ACF Abstract FY11

Latino American Women Immigration and Space in the Contemporary Spanish Novel

Forming Identity, Transforming Space

Nathaniel Smith

The new Latin American immigration to Spain has been recently examined by a number of contemporary Spanish authors. The majority of these works put particular emphasis on the difficulties that Latino American women immigrants encounter in their new country. The female immigrant becomes a protagonist that is unable to break free from her societal entrapments while living inside the new country's borders. These women are confined to the space of the house where they work, while the women for whom they work are in search of a space outside the traditional role of the house. The woman's spaces are then being redefined by each group and are in constant conflict. The foreigner brings traditional norms of sociability that are refused. These immigrant women are looked upon as an outsider, the other whose culture and traditions are perceived to bring instability to the urban space. As a result, the historical memory is in tension. This essay studies these spaces in conflict in the 2008 novel Madre mía que estás en los infiernos by author and journalist Carmen Jiménez, and in José Ovejeros 2007 novel, Nunca pasa nada.

My name is Nathaniel Smith and I am a senior Spanish Language and Literature student at Grand Valley State University. Apart from having studied abroad twice (in Mexico then Spain) I am also a varsity athlete on the Track and Field team, from which I have received six Academic All-Conference certificates, four appointments to the Deans List and one Academic All-American certificate. Every day I strive to equal the competitive fire I have on the track in the classroom.