Mujer que sabe viajar: autorrepresentación y subjetividad femenina en Cartas a Ricardo, de Rosario Castellanos

Translated title of the contribution: A traveling woman: self-representation and female subjectivity in Rosario Castellanos’s Cartas a Ricardo

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Abstract

This paper reflects on the relationship be-tween the female traveling experience and the epistolary genre through a reading of Rosario Castellanos’s Cartas a Ricardo as travel literature. The aim is to analyse the hybrid nature of the letter as a genre that allows the exploration of ideas and confessing or revealing affects during particular processes of constructing female subjectivities. Different than conventional travel chronicles, it is argued that the travel ac-counts transmitted through the female epistolary genre can throw light on physical and emotional displacement, but also on the intellectual and creative work of women in (self)censored or repressed environments. It is concluded that for Castellanos both traveling and writing are conscious acts of intellectual and gender freedom.
Translated title of the contributionA traveling woman: self-representation and female subjectivity in Rosario Castellanos’s Cartas a Ricardo
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)125 - 149
Number of pages25
JournalLiteratura Mexicana
Volume32
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Rosario Castellanos
  • Women writing
  • Travel literature
  • Chronicles
  • Epistolary literature
  • Mexican nonfictional literature

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