About the author: Nuala Finnegan is Director of the Centre for Mexican Studies and lecturer in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Cork. Her research interests include modern Mexican literature and film and women’s writing from Latin America. She is currently working on a project on contemporary Mexican women writers.2000 0-7734-7732-2
One of the most unfathomable aspects of Castellanos’s work is the parade of female deformities within it, a record of the pain of women’s oppression in its diverse and varying forms, and the female body as a site of shame, disease, disfigurement and pain. This monograph examines the construction of femininity with reference to her novels, Balún-Canán and Oficio de tinieblas and her short story collections Ciudad Real, Los convidados de agosto and Álbum de familia.