Al cuidado de las mucamas: la ética en la literatura sobre ayas negras colombianas

Academic Article


  • This paper examines literary representations of black caregivers women within three pieces by canonical Colombian writers: the characters of Dominga de Adviento from "Of Love and Other Demonds" by Gabriel García Márquez, Nay from "María" by Jorge Isaacs, and Frutos from the short story "Simón el Mago" by Tomás Carrasquilla. Those characters articulate the history of black housemaids from the Colony by exposing how their identities were linked to witchcraft and demons, establishing stereotypes to expel black women from the public sphere, and keeping them under domination in the private. Using critical approaches made by the Ethics of Care to Virtue Ethics, this essay analyzes the way in which caring-work has been used to expand racial and ideological domination instead of social recognition for black women. As a consequence, cultural discrimination against female African Colombian populations has been reinforced.
  • Publication Date

  • February 1, 2016
  • Published In

    Start Page

  • 138
  • End Page

  • 152
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • II