International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Wretched Childhood


In narrative written by women in Mexico, childhood is referred to from a raw and non-idyllic perspective. Mostly represented by girls, childhood alludes to stark, violent worlds, mired in abandonment, despondency, and loneliness. In this context, Brenda Navarro’s novel Casas Vacías adds to this chorus of female voices who see in childhood a barren and baffling place that emotionally hurts little ones. This work analyzes this novel from a gender perspective, with the aim of enriching the landscape of literature written by women.