Poéticas del encierro en una sociedad re-democratizada: nuevas miradas sobre viejas heridas


In the plays Niñas araña, by Luis Barrales; Diciembre, by Guillermo CalderÓn; Medusa, by Ximena Carrera; and Las analfabetas, by Pablo Paredes, the narrow limit between private spaces and public ones blurs and the issue of confinement emerges, understood as an attitude by some subjects not conscious of their roles, who accept the impossibility of influencing a change or conditioning others through concrete actions because they consider a priori that taking an action is condemned to failure. At the same time, in all these plays, an active exercise of memory takes place, in the sense of bringing up to date in each play’s referred present an inconvenient past that hurts and continues to vex in a re-democratized society. Even though the latter has moved past a system in which violations against Human Rights were daily occurrences, it has postponed in a systematic fashion its mourning duties, so the sectors involved do not communicate, but rather opt for a dangerous and fictional confinement.