La Castañeda. Narrativas dolientes desde el Manicomio General México, 1910-1930 / La Castañeda. Insane Asylum

9786073816168

La Castañeda. Narrativas dolientes desde el Manicomio General México, 1910-1930 / La Castañeda. Insane Asylum

  • ISBN 13:

    9786073816168

  • ISBN 10:

    6073816162

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/18/2022
  • Publisher: Debolsillo

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Summary

«La autora no sólo nos adentra en la complejidad del manicomio y su contexto social, sino que consigue dotar de una identidad presente a esos seres que nunca pudieron tenerla en el pasado.» —Claudia Guillén
 
La historia de este manicomio mexicano, fundado en 1910, se desarrolla entre diálogos obsesivos de internos, doctores, familiares y otros personajes alrededor del tema de la locura. En ellos se habla de fe, sexo, pobreza, pérdida, rencor, celos, amor y política. Los médicos traducían lo que escuchaban a los términos de la incipiente psiquiatría, mientras que los internos lograban transmitir sus experiencias personales e historias íntimas a través del padecimiento mental. La Castañeda fue un hospital, una cárcel apenas disfrazada; una última oportunidad. Para algunos fue una ciudad de juguete; para otros, una metáfora de los tiempos que estaban por venir.

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La Castañeda Insane Asylum is the first inside view of the workings of La Castañeda General Insane Asylum— a public mental health institution founded in Mexico City in 1910 only months before the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. It links life within the asylum’s walls to the radical transformations brought about as Mexico entered the Revolution’s armed phase and then endured under succeeding modernizing regimes.
 
Author Cristina Rivera Garza brings the history of La Castañeda asylum to life as inmates, doctors, relatives, and others engage in dialogues on insanity. They discuss faith, sex, poverty, loss, resentment, envy, love, and politics. Doctors translated what they heard into the emerging language of psychiatry, while inmates conveyed their personal experiences and private histories through expressions of mental suffering. The language of pain—physical and spiritual, mild to excruciating—allowed patients to detail the sources and consequences of their misfortune.

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