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GARCIA BOJORQUEZ, Socorro  and  ARAOZ ROBLES, María Edith. HOW TO BE WITHOUT LIMITS? SEMIOTIC ANALYSYS OF AMPARO DÁVILA’S “TINA REYES”. La ventana [online]. 2020, vol.6, n.51, pp.87-110.  Epub Sep 16, 2020. ISSN 1405-9436.

As an important part of cultural studies and furthermore to its literary richness and aesthetic specificity, literature is a mean to reflect upon and explain topics pertaining to the human condition and the state of being in the world. Thus, from a fictional event, it is possible to analyze the characters and perceive in them aspects of the world’s reality such as values, emotions, feelings and social roles which are based upon established cultural principles. This project involves an analytical reading of Amparo Dávila’s “Tina Reyes”. Applying Julia Kristeva’s semiotic model and using the gender analytic category we’ll reflect on the configuration of the identity and subjectivity of the female character Tina Reyes as it appears in the fictional short story written in the middle of the xx century under a patriarchal system. The purpose of the current project is to problematize the transformation of being undergone by Tina Reyes as she interacts with Rosa and Juan Arroyo, and how she disrupts the social order from the binding mechanisms of power which act upon her quotidian existence. In the world represented by Amparo Dávila, what is the relevance of the configuration of an abject female subject in the middle of the xx century? Which aesthetics resources are adopted by the author to construct a female character that disrupts the patriarchal social order? These are some of the ideas upon which the current article directs it attention.

Keywords : identity; subjectivity; power; transgression; abjection.

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