A Rosario Castellanos Reader: An Anthology of Her Poetry, Short Fiction, Essays and Drama

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University of Texas Press, Jun 28, 2010 - Literary Criticism
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Thinker, writer, diplomat, feminist Rosario Castellanos was emerging as one of Mexico's major literary figures before her untimely death in 1974. This sampler of her work brings together her major poems, short fiction, essays, and a three-act play, The Eternal Feminine. Translated with fidelity to language and cultural nuance, many of these works appear here in English for the first time, allowing English-speaking readers to see the depth and range of Castellanos' work.

In her introductory essay, "Reading Rosario Castellanos: Contexts, Voices, and Signs," Maureen Ahern presents the first comprehensive study of Castellanos' work as a sign or signifying system. This approach through contemporary semiotic theory unites literary criticism and translation as an integral semiotic process. Ahern reveals how Castellanos integrated women's images, bodies, voices, and texts to feminize her discourse and create a plurality of new signs/messages about women in Mexico. Describing this process in The Eternal Feminine, Castellanos observes, "...it's not good enough to imitate the models proposed for us that are answers to circumstances other than our own. It isn't even enough to discover who we are. We have to invent ourselves."

 

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Contents

Contexts Voices and Signs
1
Silences and Otherness
5
Speakers and Addressees in the Poetry of Rosario Castellanos
10
Intertexts and Subtexts
24
Under a Mans Hand
31
Writing Her Self
39
Destroying the Myths
53
Notes
57
You Are Not Poetry
109
Mutilations
110
Meditation on the Brink
111
Kinsey Report
112
Looking at the Mona Lise
116
Nobodying
117
Nezareth
118
The Eagle
121

Works Cited
64
A Basic Bibliography of Her Writing
70
A Select Bibliography of Rosario Castellanos Criticism
71
Silence Near an Ancient Stone
81
To a Tiny Mayan Badger
82
The Other
83
Monologue of a Foreign Woman
84
Routine
87
Presence
88
Passage
89
Consciousness
90
Metamorphosis of the Sorceress
92
Chess
94
Brief Chronicle
95
Malinche
96
Memorandum on Tlatelolco
98
SelfPortrait
100
Speaking of Gabriel
102
Home Economics
103
Learning about Things
105
Postscript
108
Three Knots in the Net
129
Fleeting Friendships
144
The Widower Roman
155
Cooking Lesson
207
Incident at Yalentay
219
Once Again Sor Juana
222
An Attempt at SelfCriticism
226
Discrimination in the United States and in Chiapas
229
A Man of Destiny
232
Woman and Her Image
236
The NineteenthCentury Mexican Woman
245
Language as an Instrument of Domination
250
If Not Poetry Then What?
254
SelfSacrifice Is a Mad Virtue
259
The Liberation of Love
264
Herlinda Leaves
267
The Eternal Feminine
273
Notes
363
Notes on the Editor and the Translators
369
Index
371
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About the author (2010)

Maureen Ahern, co-editor of Homenaje a Rosario Castellanos and a noted translator, is a professor of Spanish at the Ohio State University.

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