El misterio de lo femenino: Templo sagrado y territorio desconocido en “Río subterráneo” de Inés Arredondo

Translated title of the contribution: The Mystery of the Feminine:: Sacred Temple and Unknown Territory in Inés Arredondo’s “Río subterráneo"

Natalie Navallez Yanez, 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 un-derstanding of the story’s symbolic character. #ese perspectives allow us to enrich the interpretation of the story’s main characters, throwing new light to the study of the fem-inine and its relationship with the ancestral and the symbolic. #rough 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 contributionThe Mystery of the Feminine:: Sacred Temple and Unknown Territory in Inés Arredondo’s “Río subterráneo"
Original languageSpanish (Mexico)
Pages (from-to)133
Number of pages153
JournalDevenires. Revista de Filosofía y Filosofía de la Cultura
Issue number46
StatePublished - 7 Jul 2022


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


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