She was an introverted young girl, who took notice of the plight of the indigenous Maya who worked for her family. At fifteen, Castellanos and her parents moved to Mexico City. One year later, her parents were dead and she was left to fend for herself. Although she remained introverted, she joined a group of Mexican and Central American intellectuals, read extensively, and began to write.
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This brief biography will examine her life and work, which dealt with issues of culture and gender in her home country, and which went on to influence contemporary Mexican feminist theory and cultural studies. She was quite shy as a child and never completely felt part of her family. After being negatively impacted by the new land reform, Castellanos moved back to Mexico City with her parents at the age of fifteen. In , both of her parents died within one month, compelling her to fend for herself.
Castellanos joined the National Indigenous Institute, where she wrote scripts for puppet shows. She also began spending time with Nicaraguans, Guatemalans, and other Mexicans. Together they had a son named Gabriel Guerra Castellanos currently a political scientist , born in Before the birth of her son, she suffered from depression after having numerous miscarriages. Her marriage to Guerra ended after thirteen years as a result of his unfaithfulness.
In addition to her writing endeavors, Castellanos held many governmental posts and was appointed ambassador of Mexico to Israel in After her divorce, she yearned for a change for her and her son, and welcomed the position. While in Tel Aviv, Israel, she also taught Latin American Literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and published several essays, short stories, and even wrote a play. Her poetry expresses social injustices and admiration for the creator of nature and is considered both powerful and authentic.
The novel re-creates an Indian rebellion that happened in the city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the nineteenth century.
Castellanos sets the story in the s, the period in which her family suffered from reforms at the start of the Mexican Revolution.
Balún Canán (novela)
Balun Canan: Rosario Castellanos