A Woman During The Mexican Revolution

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The author of this novel used her real life experiences in combination with the friendship that she experienced with Josefina Bórquez in order to create an experience for the reader that helped to justify and understand the life of a woman during the Mexican Revolution. Josefina lived her teenage years as a soldadera, a woman soldier in the Mexican Revolution. After the hardship she faced during wartime, she was subjected to a life of extreme poverty and oppression while living in the slums of Mexico City. The author, Elena Poniatowska, first interacted with Josefina in 1964 during a compilation of interviews that revealed her life story. This is where Josefina became the fictional character of Jesusa, the main character in the novel, Here’s To You, Jesusa! Throughout the novel, the author uses these real life experiences as described by her interviews with Josefina in combination with fictional events that she had created. This combination of concrete reality with a fictional world is known as documentary or testimonial, both common of Latin American literary genres. While Josefina provided much of the basis and content of the novel for Poniatowska, she was also able to provide something to her that had not yet been found: her identity. As a woman born in France to a Mexican mother and Polish father and only living in Mexico since she was eight year old, the formulation of the novel helped the author to achieve her own sense of identity as a Mexican woman.

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