Campos, Julieta (1932–)

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Campos, Julieta (1932–)

Born in Havana, Cuba, on May 8, 1932, the novelist, essayist, and translator Julieta Campos has resided in Mexico since 1960 and is a Mexican citizen, active in Mexican cultural politics. Campos was writer-in-residence at the Centro Mexicano de Escritores (1966–1967) and on staff at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the National University of Mexico (1970). She joined the editorial board of Vuelta in 1977 and directed the Revista de la Universidad de México from 1981 to 1984. Campos's novel Tiene los cabellos rojizos y se llama Sabina (1974) won the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize. Rejecting linear narrative, her writing demonstrates a self-reflexive, imaginative perspective on identity, nostalgia, love, time, and death. Critical works include assessments of literary authors and periods, discussions of the nature and function of literature, and the study of Nahuatl stories within the problematics of oralism and literacy.

During the 1990s Campos addressed issues of poverty, writing and lecturing about indigenous populations. Qué hacemos con los pobres and Tabasco, un jaguar despertado are studies of poverty in Mexico. In 2001 she became the president of the Mexico City Tourism Authority, focusing on the cultural and historical patrimony of the city.

See alsoLiterature: Spanish America .


Primary Works

Muerte por agua. México, D. F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1965.

Celina or the Cats [Celina o los gatos]. Translated by Leland H. Chambers and Kathleen Ross. Pittsburgh, PA: Latin American Literary Review Press, 1995. Original Spanish version, México: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1968.

Función de la novela. México, D. F.: J. Mortiz, 1973.

She Has Reddish Hair and Her Name Is Sabina [Tiene los cabellos rojizos y se llama Sabina]. Translated by Leland H. Chambers. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993. Original Spanish version, México, D. F.: J. Mortiz, 1974.

El miedo de perder a Eurídice. México, D. F.: J. Mortiz, 1979.

La herencia obstinada: Análisis de cuentos nahuas. México, D. F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1982.

Qué hacemos con los pobres?: La reiterada querella por la Nación. México, D. F.: Aguilar, 1996.

Tabasco, un jaguar despertado: Alternativos a la pobreza. México, D. F.: Aguilar, 1996.

Ice Cream. In Out of the Mirrored Garden: New Fiction by Latin American Women, edited by Delai Poey. New York: Anchor Books, 1996.

Reunión de familia. México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1997.

La forza del destino. México, D. F.: Alfaguara, 2004.

With Fabienne Bradu. Razones y pasiones. México, D. F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2005.

Secondary Works

Barreto, Reina. "Blurred Boundaries: Theory and Practice in Julieta Campos's Writing." Ph.D. diss. Florida State University, 2002.

Bradu, Fabienne. "Julieta Campos: La cartografía del deseo y la muerte." In her Señas particulares: Escritora, 71-85. México, D.F.: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1987.

Bruce-Novoa, Juan. "Julieta Campos' Sabina: In the Labyrinth of Intertextuality," Third Woman 2, no. 2 (1984): 43-63.

Garfield, Evelyn Picon. "Julieta Campos." In her Women's Voices from Latin America, 73-96. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1985.

Hansberg, Olbeth, and Julio Ortega, eds. Crítica y literatura: América Latina sin fronteras. México, D. F.: Coordinación de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2005.

Lagos-Pope, María Inés. "Cat/Logos: The Narrator's Confession in Julieta Campos' Celina o los gatos." In Splintering Darkness: Latin American Women Writers in Search of Themselves, edited by Lucia Guerra-Cunningham, 31-42. Pittsburgh: Latin American Literary Review Press, 1990.

                                       Deborah Caplow

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