La Quijotita y su prima, by the Mexican writer J.J. Fernández de Lizardi, was first published in 1818, and then re-edited throughout the 19th century, with several illustrations. The presence of the images in the book influences the relationship between the text and the reader, modifying the time and gesture of the reading itself. The image determines that the written text is not the exclusive repository of meaning, influences the forms of reception, and contributes to the construction of the meaning of the text, which is historically determined. From these premises, the essay analyses not only the different functions of the images in relation to the text, but also the way in which their presence evolves, from the eve of Independence to the fullness of the Nation.
Fernández de Lizardi. Novel. Illustrations. History of reading. History of women.