La autoficción entre los géneros literarios y periodísticos: Representación de la violencia en Chicas muertas de Selva Almada

Translated title of the contribution: Autofiction between Literary and Journalistic Genres:: Representation of Violence in Selva Almada’s Chicas muertas

Ana Laura Castro Vázquez, Gabriel Osuna Osuna*

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Recent litarary criticism of Inés Arredondo’s work has brought a deeper understanding of the artistic complexity of her writing. Our present objective is to analyze the story “Río subterráneo” from perspectives related to the exploration of the mythical and the ancestral, thus contributing to its complex symbolic interpretation. Classical studies such as those of Claude Lévi-Strauss or later ones such as Camille Paglia’s configure elements that, transferred into literary analysis, contribute to the understanding of the story’s symbolic character. These perspectives allow us to enrich the interpretation of the story’s main characters, throwing new light to the study of the feminine and its relationship with the ancestral and the symbolic. Through the analysis of the enunciations of the characters, and especially that of the narrator, we find that her search for truth is related to the ideas of the ancestral power of nature, and of nature’s relationship with the centrality of the feminine. A language that can only be claimed through contemplation and poetic experience of the world, thus recovering the power of mythical language to explain reality in the face of the positivism of modernity.
Translated title of the contributionAutofiction between Literary and Journalistic Genres:: Representation of Violence in Selva Almada’s Chicas muertas
Original languageSpanish (Mexico)
Pages (from-to)128
Number of pages140
JournalMitologías hoy. Revista de pensamiento crítica y estudios literarios latinoamericanos
StatePublished - 6 Jul 2022


  • mythical language, Mexican short story, story teller and subjectivity, theory and criticism


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