Adela Fernández y Fernández

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Adela Fernández
Adela Fernández y Fernández

6 December 1942
Died18 August 2012(2012-08-18) (aged 69)
Mexico City
Resting placeLa Casa Forteleza
EducationIberoamerican Univiersity of Mexico City
OccupationWriter, playwright and teacher
Notable work
See Bibliography
AwardsSor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize in 1986

Adela Fernández y Fernández[a] (6 December 1942 – 18 August 2013)[1] was a Mexican folk writer and teacher of theater. She lived surrounded by stars of the artistic world of her day such as Diego Rivera, Dolores del Río, María Félix and Columba Domínguez, among others. She studied acting and dramaturgy at the Cinematographer Training Center of the Iberoamerican Univiersity of Mexico City. Fernández left behind an important bibliography composed of 14 books composed of literature, poetry, anthropology and Mexican history, two short films of experimental cinema, and numerous plays. Gabriel García Márquez has described Fernández's literature as "extremely dark, very sad" and her work Aunt Enedina's Cage as being "among the ten Latin American stories that every person should read."[2]

Early life[edit]

Adela Fernández was born in Mexico City to the film maker Emilio Fernández and Cuban Gladys Fernández, whom he married in 1941, on 6 December 1942 and Adela would grow up in an atmosphere of cinematography.[3]

Adult life[edit]

On 24 October 2009, Fernández was present at the Andrés Henestrosa Library in Mexico City to give a lecture on the 1946 film Enamorada.[3]

Death and legacy[edit]

Adela Fernández died on Sunday, 18 August 2013 at 70 years from complications related to a bowel obstruction. Her remains were veiled and she was laid to rest next to her father in the courtyard of the house.[4]

Commitment to Mexican culture[edit]

Adela Fernández, a member of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, worked tirelessly to spread and preserve Mexican culture and gave Mexican native history and cultures a place of prominence. Fernández also shared her father's love for cinema, occasionally opening the doors of La Casa Forteleza to hold culture fairs and tell stories of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in order to honor the memory of her father and his famous house.[4]

Upon her death, in Mexico City, Fernández asked to be remembered as "a strong woman who did not allow herself to be intimidated by anything or anyone, who was faithful to her principles and committed herself to the culture of Mexico." As reported by Mexican newspaper Excélsior, Fernández's last words were "Sigan trabajando, sigan difundiendo a mi padre, difundan mi obra" ("Keep working, continue to spread my father and I's work.").[4]


  • Híbrido and El Perro
  • Fernández, Adela (1992). Dioses prehispánicos de México: mitos y deidades del panteón náhuatl [Prehispanic Gods of Mexico: Myths and Deities of the Nahuatl Pantheon] (in Spanish) (Illus. ed.). Panorama Editorial. ISBN 9683803067.
  • Fernández, Adela (1 November 1992). Diccionario Ritual De Voces Nahuas [Ritual Dictionary of Nahua Voices] (in Spanish). Panorama Editorial. ISBN 9683803164.
  • Fernández, Adela (1 October 1997). La Tradicional Cocina Mexicana: Y Sus Mejores Recetas [Tradition Mexican Cooking: Its Best Recipes] (in Spanish). Panorama Editorial. ISBN 9683802036.
  • Fernández, Adela. La Jaula de Tía Enedina [Aunt Enedina's Cage] (in Spanish)
  • Surrealist writings:
    • La Trivia
    • El Cadáver Exquisito
    • Escritura Automática
  • Short stories:
    • Claroscuro
    • Cotidiano Surrealismo
  • Monologues:
    • El Sepulturero
    • Sin Sol... ¿Hacia dónde Mirarán los Girasoles?
  • Plays:
    • La Tercera Soledad
    • La Prodigiosa



  1. ^ This article will abridge Fernández y Fernández to simply Fernández past this point.


  1. ^ "Adela Fernández". (in Spanish). Enciclopedia de la literatura en Mexico.
  2. ^ Ipiña, Alejandro: "Adela, la hija de El Indio Fernández, en su voz más íntima." 5 May 2013, Fronterad magazine
  3. ^ a b Harper, Shinji. "Adela Fernández en Oaxaca". Cuidadania Express. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Excélsior: "Adela Fernández tuvo un compromiso cultural con México." 8 August 2013