Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma

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Plume, 1995 - Social Science - 238 pages
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The "I" in these critical essays by novelist, poet, scholar, and activist/curandera Ana Castillo is that of the Mexic-Amerindian woman living in the United States. The essays are addressed to everyone interested in the roots of the colonized woman's reality. Castillo introduces the term Xicanisma in a passionate call for a politically active, socially committed Chicana feminism. In "A Countryless Woman, " Castillo outlines the experience of the brown woman in a racist society that recognizes race relations mostly as a black and white dilemma. Essays on the Watsonville strike, the early Chicano movement, and the roots of machismo illustrate the extent to which women still struggle against male dominance. Other essays suggest strategies for opposing the suppression of women's spirituality and sexuality by institutionalized religion and the state. These challenging essays will be a provocative guide for those who envision a new future for women as we face a new century.

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if you are game to be challenge or intrigued by culutral criticism please get this publciation. ana castillo is a powerhouse for framing intellectual construct about identity poltics and sexulaity. this book hold alot of valid perspectives on feminism. Read full review


three The Ancient Roots of Machismo
five In the Beginning There Was Eva
nine Toward the MotherBond Principle

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About the author (1995)

Ana Castillo is the author of the novels The Mixquiahuala Letters, Sapogonia, and So Far from God; the story collection Loverboys; the critical study Massacre of the Dreamers; and several volumes of poetry. She has received an American Book Award, a Carl Sandburg Prize, and a Southwestern Booksellers Award for her work. She lives in Chicago.

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