Inés Arredondo was a Mexican writer with an exquisite pen and an unmistakably feminine voice. With feminine, I don't mean the gender of its characters, nor their worldview. I am referring, in fact, to the narrative voice that underlies her stories and that emerges from them. Inés narrates with a woman's voice and makes an art of it. She is -because she lives in her lyrics- a teacher of reticence, of the mystery of saying silence, of being ambiguous in word but precise in intention. She knew how to leave a testimony, like the great artist she was, of the demons that torment the human soul, of the need for truth and the search for meaning in existence, mastering the art of hiding in everyday life everything that is transcendental in life. Acclaimed by critics, the work of Inés Arredondo is deeply marked by the preponderance of a feminine vision. However, few literary studies have specifically addressed the issues of violence and male domination suffered by female characters in the texts of this author. However... violence against women, real or symbolic, perpetrated by men or even, on a larger scale, by a phallocentric culture, is a recurring theme in Arredondo's stories, in which it is possible to verify, lucid and pessimistic, the realities of the feminine condition and, to a greater extent, of our relationship with the other, at the same time that they reveal the phallocentric "order" that structures and regulates the universes in which the characters of this author evolve. . We hope, therefore, that critically identifying this 'order' will help us offer new elements to be able to analyze Arredondo's stories in more detail in future research. (Macillot 234). Luckily there have been few. These elements of analysis are simply a short read. It is like that for life and it is like that for letters. It is a reading that does not observe neither the feminine nor the masculine; neither otherness nor identity; neither evil nor power; as forces that interact in their various dimensions, where the human being (man or woman) is the epicenter. Maintaining that the realities of the (entire) feminine condition operate only under a phallocentric order that structures and regulates the universes in which the (feminine) characters of this author evolve; it is to annul them as individuals, as women and as characters.
|Date of Award||2019|