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The Contestation of Patriarchy in Luis Martín-Santos' Work


  • Argues for a reading of Martín-Santos’ creative works as an attempt to destroy the prevalent masculine myths of Western patriarchy, and as a proposal to create the new ones for the future

  • Places Martín-Santos’ writings beyond their initial post-Spanish Civil War political contexts as most scholarly work has focused by addressing the lasting impact of his writings to the contemporary Spanish moment

  • One of the first academic works to offer extended analysis of Tiempo de destrucción (1975)


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Miquel Bota
    Pages 15-32
  3. Miquel Bota
    Pages 33-78
  4. Miquel Bota
    Pages 79-122
  5. Miquel Bota
    Pages 123-156
  6. Miquel Bota
    Pages 157-164
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 165-167

About this book


This book proposes that Spanish author Luis Martín-Santos’ work focuses on the effects of patriarchy and hegemonic masculinity on men, to actively contribute to freeing both men and women from the yoke of patriarchy. It aims for a new resonance of Luis Martín-Santos. It analyzes the influence of Heidegger, Freud and Sartre in Martín-Santos’ psychiatric essays and his fictional works: the novel Tiempo de silencio (Time of Silence), the collection of short stories Apólogos, and the posthumous fragment Tiempo de destrucción (Time of Destruction). It demonstrates that alongside the political critique of Franco’s dictatorship, Martín-Santos’ creative writings are an attempt to destroy the prevalent masculine myths of Western patriarchy, and a proposal to create new myths for the future.


Luis Martín-Santos Tiempo de destrucción Tiempo de silencio Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature Existentialism Psychiatry and Gender Patriarchy and Masculinity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.World Languages and LiteraturesCalifornia State University, SacramentoSacramentoUSA

About the authors

Miquel Bota is Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento,

USA. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA, in Iberian and Latin

American Cultures, and holds an M.A. from Queen’s University, Canada. His

publications include articles on misunderstood, misrepresented or forgotten

pieces that reveal new social, political and philosophical perspectives in Iberian

contemporary literatures and cultures.

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