Extending the dimensions of ethnicity and gender in the indigenist prose of Rosario Castellanos

Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen

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The main objective of this article is to show how intersectionality can be applied in the analysis of literary material. Compared with the results of previous analyses on the Mexican writer, Rosario Castellanos’s work an intersectional approach gives novel conclusions when extended to the analysis to the identity formation of the narrative subjects and the power relations between them. In Balún-Canán, first volume of Castellanos’s indigenous trilogy published in 1957-1962, gender and ethnicity are not the only variables that define the positions of the characters of the novel. Class, religion and sexuality tease unconventional power relations out of the traditional binary opposition between masculine/feminine and mestizo/ indigenous, showing the impotence of the presumably powerful people and their submissiveness to a tradition they cannot control.
What feminist theories share with critical discourse analysis is a visibly biased, qualitative approach that takes the side of the dominated people by contrasting their voice with the dominant ones and introduces them to a consciousness raising process that involves both sides. In Castellanos’s prose, neither masculine gender nor mestizo origin protects from marginalization. Concentration on the less obvious indicators of marginalization or on factors that even suggest possession of social power may reveal new information on situations described in literature which can then be applicable to real-life situations that need new perspectives. This is why it is important to bring intersectional analysis to literature.
Alkuperäiskielienglanti
OtsikkoCuerpos y Fronteras en América Latina : Bodies and Borders in Latin America
ToimittajatSilje Lundgren, Thaïs Machado-Borges, Charlotta Widmark
Sivumäärä10
Vuosikerta8
JulkaisupaikkaTukholma
KustantajaStockholms universitet, Institute of Latin American Studies
Julkaisupäivähuhtikuuta 2012
Sivut165-175
ISBN (painettu)978-91-637-0871-8
TilaJulkaistu - huhtikuuta 2012
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaVIII Taller de la red Haina - Tukholma, Ruotsi
Kesto: 19 kesäkuuta 201020 kesäkuuta 2010

Julkaisusarja

NimiSerie Haina
KustantajaSchool of Global Studies, Regional Studies: Latin America, University of Gothenburg
Vuosikerta8
ISSN (painettu)1403-3933

Tieteenalat

  • 6122 Kirjallisuuden tutkimus

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Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, S. (2012). Extending the dimensions of ethnicity and gender in the indigenist prose of Rosario Castellanos. teoksessa S. Lundgren, T. Machado-Borges, & C. Widmark (Toimittajat), Cuerpos y Fronteras en América Latina: Bodies and Borders in Latin America (Vuosikerta 8, Sivut 165-175). (Serie Haina; Vuosikerta 8). Tukholma: Stockholms universitet, Institute of Latin American Studies.
Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, Sarri. / Extending the dimensions of ethnicity and gender in the indigenist prose of Rosario Castellanos. Cuerpos y Fronteras en América Latina: Bodies and Borders in Latin America. Toimittaja / Silje Lundgren ; Thaïs Machado-Borges ; Charlotta Widmark. Vuosikerta 8 Tukholma : Stockholms universitet, Institute of Latin American Studies, 2012. Sivut 165-175 (Serie Haina).
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Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, S 2012, Extending the dimensions of ethnicity and gender in the indigenist prose of Rosario Castellanos. julkaisussa S Lundgren, T Machado-Borges & C Widmark (toim), Cuerpos y Fronteras en América Latina: Bodies and Borders in Latin America. Vuosikerta 8, Serie Haina, Vuosikerta 8, Stockholms universitet, Institute of Latin American Studies, Tukholma, Sivut 165-175, VIII Taller de la red Haina, Tukholma, Ruotsi, 19/06/2010.

Extending the dimensions of ethnicity and gender in the indigenist prose of Rosario Castellanos. / Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, Sarri.

Cuerpos y Fronteras en América Latina: Bodies and Borders in Latin America. toim. / Silje Lundgren; Thaïs Machado-Borges; Charlotta Widmark. Vuosikerta 8 Tukholma : Stockholms universitet, Institute of Latin American Studies, 2012. s. 165-175 (Serie Haina; Vuosikerta 8).

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Vuorisalo-Tiitinen S. Extending the dimensions of ethnicity and gender in the indigenist prose of Rosario Castellanos. julkaisussa Lundgren S, Machado-Borges T, Widmark C, toimittajat, Cuerpos y Fronteras en América Latina: Bodies and Borders in Latin America. Vuosikerta 8. Tukholma: Stockholms universitet, Institute of Latin American Studies. 2012. s. 165-175. (Serie Haina).