The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader (Latin America Otherwise)

The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader (Latin America Otherwise)

Gloria Anzaldua, AnaLouise Keating

Language: English

Pages: 376

ISBN: 0822345641

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Born in the Río Grande Valley of south Texas, independent scholar and creative writer Gloria Anzaldúa was an internationally acclaimed cultural theorist. As the author of Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Anzaldúa played a major role in shaping contemporary Chicano/a and lesbian/queer theories and identities. As an editor of three anthologies, including the groundbreaking This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, she played an equally vital role in developing an inclusionary, multicultural feminist movement. A versatile author, Anzaldúa published poetry, theoretical essays, short stories, autobiographical narratives, interviews, and children’s books. Her work, which has been included in more than 100 anthologies to date, has helped to transform academic fields including American, Chicano/a, composition, ethnic, literary, and women’s studies.

This reader—which provides a representative sample of the poetry, prose, fiction, and experimental autobiographical writing that Anzaldúa produced during her thirty-year career—demonstrates the breadth and philosophical depth of her work. While the reader contains much of Anzaldúa’s published writing (including several pieces now out of print), more than half the material has never before been published. This newly available work offers fresh insights into crucial aspects of Anzaldúa’s life and career, including her upbringing, education, teaching experiences, writing practice and aesthetics, lifelong health struggles, and interest in visual art, as well as her theories of disability, multiculturalism, pedagogy, and spiritual activism. The pieces are arranged chronologically; each one is preceded by a brief introduction. The collection includes a glossary of Anzaldúa’s key terms and concepts, a timeline of her life, primary and secondary bibliographies, and a detailed index.

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"Speaking in Tongues," quoted in the epigraph to this chapter. Anzaldua performs radical acts of self-excavation; stripping away social masks and conventions, she bares herself in her writings. By plunging so deeply into the depths of her own experiences, no matter how painful those experiences might be, and by exposing herself-raw and bleeding-she externalizes her inner struggles and opens possible connections with her readers. 2 AnaLouise Keating The oldest child of sixth-generation

on the land. EI paisano is a bird of good omen 67 "I wish we hadn't started building our own home yet," she tells him. "It'll be finished in a month, then we'll have some privacy." "You don't know my mother." "Querida, it won't matter. We can put up with her for a month. And she with us." "Or, we can skip out. It's not just her, Zeno, it's me. And it's you. We don't fit here. So maybe we won't fit anywhere else, but maybe we will. Maybe there's a place for people like us somewhere." "You mean

si no esta acompaiiada de accion (enough of shouting against the wind-all words are noise if not accompanied with action). Dejemos de hablar hasta que hagamos la palabra luminosa y activa (let's work not talk, let's say nothing until we've made the word luminous and active). Basta de pasividad y de pasatiempo mientras esperamos al novio, a la novia, a la Diosa, 0 a la Revolucion (enough of passivity and passin,q time while waiting for the boyftiend, the ,qirlftiend, the Goddess, or the

hero venturing out and engaging in nonviolent battles against the corrupt dominant world with the help of their trusted comadronas. There are various narratives about working at coalition, about making commitments, setting goals, and achieving those goals. An activist possesses, in lesser or greater degree, a self-conscious awareness of her "role" and the nature of alliance work. She is aware that not only is the alliance-coalition group struggling to make specific changes in certain institutions

"Haciendo caras, una entrada," and other writings, this piece makes important contributions to "whiteness" studies. "To(o) Queer the Writer" also explores issues related to solidarity, theorizing, reading, and the writing process. Anzaldua continued revising this essay aher its original publication and planned to include it in a book of essays. The version here is the early one from 1990. TaCo) Queer the Writer- Loca, escritora y chicana Queer Labels and Debates I believe that while there are

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