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La sociedad patriarcal enferma. Un estudio de cuatro cuentos de Schweblin con respecto al estereotipo de la mujer loca y encerrada


  • Tilde Bourne

Summary, in English

The aim of this study is to analyse the relationship between the historical and literary stereotype of the mad and locked up woman, with the sick and isolated women in the novels: "Pájaros en la boca" (A mouthful of birds), "Papá Noel duerme en casa" (Santa Claus sleeps at our house), "La respiración cavernaria" (Breath from the Depths) and "Cuarenta centímetros cuadrados" (Two square feet) by Samanta Schweblin. Given the fact that Schweblin is considered a feminist author, it´s relevant to examine how she uses a negative stereotype of women. The theoretical framework focuses on the history and literature of madness, confinement, and mental illness, related to women. Extracts taken from the stories clearly shows that women find themselves in unfair, sexist, exaggerated, crazy and absurd family and marital relationships. Thus, the conclusion is drawn that it´s the society and its expectations created by the patriarchy that is sick and not the women themselves. Schweblin uses the stereotype of the crazy, locked-up woman to present reality from a different perspective, to raise questions and opinions about gender inequality.


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Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Locura
  • histeria
  • encerramiento
  • Schweblin
  • enfermedad mental
  • patriarcado


  • Christian Claesson (Ph.D.)