Borderlands: The New Mestiza

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Aunt Lute Books, 1987 - Mexican American women - 203 pages
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"Rooted in Gloria Anzald˙a's experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the groundbreaking essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenged how we think about identity. Borderlands/La Frontera remapped our understanding of what a "border" is, seeing it not as a simple divide between here and there, us and them, but as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us."

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This book was intellectually stimulating to say the least; I would even say it changed the way I look at the world. Fundamentally it's about the power of hybrid identity. Anzaldua was before her time ... Read full review

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Definitely interesting moments in this book--a really important examination of an important issue in our society. Can feel a bit heavy and preachy at times. Interesting form change--a good combination between essay and poetry. Read full review

Contents

Movimientos de rebeldÝa y las culturas que traicionan page
15
Entering Into the Serpent page
25
A La herencia de Coatlicue The Coatlicue State page
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About the author (1987)

A native of the Southwest, Anzaldua is a Chicana lesbian feminist theorist, creative writer, editor, and activist. She has taught Chicano studies, feminist studies, and writing at a number of universities. In addition, she has conducted writing workshops around the world and has been a contributing editor for the feminist literary journal Sinister Wisdom since 1984. She has also been active in the migrant farm workers movement. Anzaldua first came to critical attention with an anthology she coedited with Cherrie Moraga, another Chicana lesbian feminist theorist and writer. Titled This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), the anthology includes poetry, fiction, autobiographical writing, criticism, and theory by Chicana, African American, Asian American, and Native American women who advocate change in academia and the culture at large. Anzaldua is well known for her second book, Borderlands/La Frontera (1987). It combines prose and poetry, history, autobiography, and criticism in Spanish, English, as well as Tex-Mex and Nahautl. Its purpose is to interrogate and deconstruct sexual, psychological, and spiritual borderlands as well as the United States-Mexican border. In 1990 Many Faces/Making Souls was published. Anzaldua currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.

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