Rosario Castellanos

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  • Nuala Finnegan (University College Cork)

Elena Poniatowska describes the Mexican writer Rosario Castellanos as “la precursora intelectual de la liberación de las mujeres mexicanas” [“The intellectual precursor of Mexican women’s liberation”] (1985: 22), paying tribute to her legacy as a feminist activist and civil rights champion. Her written output was prolific and included novels, short stories, many collections of poetry, drama and essays. The child of wealthy landowners from Comitán in the southern state of Chiapas, Castellanos subsequently moved to Mexico City where she studied philosophy and literature at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and later taught there. She worked in various capacities as an academic, journalist and diplomat and in …

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Finnegan, Nuala. "Rosario Castellanos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2012
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]