Niñas que fusilan y son fusiladas: Discourse, imagination and violence in Nellie Campobello and Elena Garro Niñas que fusilan y son fusiladas: discurso, imaginación y violencia en Nellie Campobello y Elena Garro
This essay looks at the construction of a discourse about violence that privileges the imagination of girls in two post-revolutionary Mexican narrative texts: 'El general Rueda' (a chapter of Cartucho) by Nellie Campobello; and Elena Garro's 'Nuestras vidas son los ríos'. Inspired by photographs of the execution of General Alfredo Rueda in 1927, both narratives represent violence and death intimately and imaginatively, by emphasizing unconventional notions of space and time. In their respective works, Campobello and Garro rethink and rewrite traditional relationships between gender and violence, perception and memory or imagination, narration and silence. In so doing, their stories form parallel narratives that respond to those understood as promoting the notion of a collective post-revolutionary ideal by narrating acts of sanctioned violence.