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ERIC Number: EJ910359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
The Communicative Functions of Language in "Balun Canan"
Ward, Ruth
Hispania, v93 n2 p198-207 Jun 2010
This article analyzes in the novel Balun Canan by Rosario Castellanos the pain caused by the persistence of neocolonialism in the Comitan region of Chiapas during President Cardenas's land reforms of the 1930s. In this work, the author lays bare personal wounds through the discourse of the variously gendered characters of a culturally mixed society. In so doing, she creates an alternative to the Ladinos' characterization of Indian identity as well as to the masculine definition of the feminine self in post-Cardenas Mexican fiction. An analysis of Castellanos's narrative (1957) via Roman Jakobson's notion of the communicative functions of language helps us to understand the source of its power as an early feminist social critique of the marginalizing effects of economic exploitation in the still extant rural society of Chiapas. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico