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Review HIB: Revista de Historia Iberoamericana

Hispanic Research Journal

Review HispanismeS

Year: 2001 vol. 2 n. 1

Finnegan, Nuala. Feminine Dis-ease in Ciudad Real by Rosario Castellanos.  / Enfermedad en femenino en Ciudad Real de Rosario Castellanos p. 45-60 México
Rosario Castellanos / narrativa / cuento / escritoras / género

Summary

Ciudad Real, a book of short stories published by Rosario Castellanos in 1960, has been largely neglected by literary criticism. This article examines the idea of femininity in Ciudad Real, exploring the metaphors of sickness and deformity in the delineation of its female characters. These metaphors contribute to a process of negation of the female body, and the article focuses on that process, as it develops in the protagonists of the stories 'Modesta Gómez' and 'La rueda del hambriento'. The female protagonists adopt this recourse in order to gain a measure of textual autonomy, an autonomy that is frustrated by factors outside the control of the characters, such as race and class. In its turn, this process functions as a metaphor of the struggle Castellanos must undergo in order to be accepted and included within the masculine tradition of Mexican literature. The article also considers the implications of this negative vision of femininity for recent feminist critique of Rosario Castellanos's work.

Smith, Verity. A Formula for Hard Times: An Introduction to the Crime Fiction of Leonardo Padura Fuentes and an Interview with the Author.  / Una fórmula para tiempos difíciles: una introducción a la ficción policial de Leonardo Padura Fuentes, y una entrevista con el autor p. 61-75 Cuba
Leonardo Padura Fuentes / narrativa / novela negra

Summary

This article serves both as an introduction to Padura Fuentes's tetralogy of detective novels and also to the interview with the author that follows it. The four novels are modelled on the hardboiled or 'noire' US model rather than on the British whodunnit. Padura cubanizes this model and turns it against the Cuban political establishment. The texts are concerned with corruption in high places and, through the experience of the detective and his contemporaries, the Cuban Revolution is perceived largely in terms of failure.

Hispanic Research Journal
Paper | Numerical version with subscription | 5 números al año desde 2007 | United Kingdom Print ISSN: 1468-2737
Online ISSN: 1745-820X
Year of creation: 2000

Publisher: Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies at Queen Mary

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