Who was Rosario Castellanos?

"She was not recognized until after her death but her works have touched many hearts.Rosario captures her feminine experience and the submissive condition of what it means to be a woman in a world dominated by men."
Por Dafne Venet
Aug 4, 2022

For this post, we will talk about Rosario Castellanos, who was a cultural promoter, teacher, journalist, author, poet and Mexican diplomat, born in Mexico City but who lived most of her life in Chiapas.

Born of an indigenous family, many of her writings spoke of indigenism and feminism.

She worked at the National Indigenist Institute in Chiapas and in Mexico City, helping the living conditions of indigenous people and women in her country. She studied letters at the Autonomous University of Mexico and during that time she was connected with illustrious characters such as Jaime Sabines, Ernesto Cardenal and Augusto Monterroso. 

In 1961 she obtained a teaching position at the Autonomous University of Mexico, where she taught philosophy and literature. In the same way, she gave classes outside of Mexico, at the universities of Wisconsin, Colorado and Indiana. She dedicated her entire life to teaching and promoting culture in various official institutions, in 1971 she was appointed ambassador to Israel, where she died due to a domestic accident.



She was not recognized until after her death but her works have touched many hearts.

Dome of them are: Trayectoria del polvo (1948) and Lívida luz (1960) that reveal the concerns derived from the feminine condition; the compendium of her poems are found in Poesía no eres tú (1972). She wrote Balún Canán (1957) and Oficio de tinieblas (1962) that precisely recreate the social atmosphere, as magical as it is religious, of Chiapas.

In her writings, Rosario captures her feminine experience and the submissive condition of what it means to be a woman in a world dominated by men. She will be remembered as an illustrious Mexican character who went down in history for her feminist and indigenous ideas in her works.

Referencia

Del Ángel, D. (2018). Enciclopedia de la Literatura Mexicana.  http://www.elem.mx/autor/datos/211

Dafne Venet

Dafne Venet

Arts & Books writer of The Bookish Man.
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