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Telling to Live embodies the vision that compelled Latina feminists to engage their differences and find common ground. Its contributors reflect varied class, religious, ethnic, racial, linguistic, sexual, and national backgrounds. Yet in one way or another they are all professional producers of testimonios—or life stories—whether as poets, oral historians, literary scholars, ethnographers, or psychologists. Through coalitional politics, these women have forged feminist political stances about generating ...
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Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios

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Overview

Telling to Live embodies the vision that compelled Latina feminists to engage their differences and find common ground. Its contributors reflect varied class, religious, ethnic, racial, linguistic, sexual, and national backgrounds. Yet in one way or another they are all professional producers of testimonios—or life stories—whether as poets, oral historians, literary scholars, ethnographers, or psychologists. Through coalitional politics, these women have forged feminist political stances about generating knowledge through experience. Reclaiming testimonio as a tool for understanding the complexities of Latina identity, they compare how each made the journey to become credentialed creative thinkers and writers. Telling to Live unleashes the clarifying power of sharing these stories.
The complex and rich tapestry of narratives that comprises this book introduces us to an intergenerational group of Latina women who negotiate their place in U.S. society at the cusp of the twenty-first century. These are the stories of women who struggled to reach the echelons of higher education, often against great odds, and constructed relationships of sustenance and creativity along the way. The stories, poetry, memoirs, and reflections of this diverse group of Puerto Rican, Chicana, Native American, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Sephardic, mixed-heritage, and Central American women provide new perspectives on feminist theorizing, perspectives located in the borderlands of Latino cultures.
This often heart wrenching, sometimes playful, yet always insightful collection will interest those who wish to understand the challenges U.S. society poses for women of complex cultural heritages who strive to carve out their own spaces in the ivory tower.

Contributors. Luz del Alba Acevedo, Norma Alarcón, Celia Alvarez, Ruth Behar, Rina Benmayor, Norma E. Cantú, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Gloria Holguín Cuádraz, Liza Fiol-Matta, Yvette Flores-Ortiz, Inés Hernández-Avila, Aurora Levins Morales, Clara Lomas, Iris Ofelia López, Mirtha N. Quintanales, Eliana Rivero, Caridad Souza, Patricia Zavella

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For a while in the late 1980s, it seemed as if all of Duke University's English Department had gone public with the complications and heartbreaks of the life of the star academic. After Duke's mainly white English Department finished telling their stories, the confessional narratives of academics have had a continued, and much more important, role as a genre where those marginalized by the academy for reasons of race or ethnicity tell about their complicated entry and then incorporation into the university system. In Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios, the 18 women of the Latina Feminist group, formed in 1993 and including Ruth Behar and Eliana Rivero, discuss immigrant and working class childhoods, developing a love of reading, an avoidance of K-12 teaching in order to partake of the larger promises of the (mostly literature-based) university positions. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
"I write as much to discover as to explain," playwright Arthur Miller once declared. The same might be said for the authors of this groundbreaking anthology. Educators all, the 18 women whom the Latina Feminist Group comprises came together in 1993 to discuss their cultural and political identities. The group represents a diverse cross-section: lesbian, bisexual, celibate, and straight; working class and bourgeois; Christian, Jewish, and atheist; and of diverse national origins and skin colors. Its purpose was the exchange of testimonios, or what contributor Aurora Levins Morales calls "truth telling from personal knowledge." And what an array of truths they reveal. More than 60 essays, poems, and short stories explain how sexual harassment and violence stifle those who dream of educational and professional achievement; how anti-Semitism forces Jews of Spanish descent to feel uncomfortable owning their dual identities; and how ethnic prejudice collides with class indignities for low-income Tejanas, leaving them distrustful, depressed, and fearful. Throughout, sisterhood is celebrated, but not blindly. Competition between women is assailed, as is antifeminist backlash. Although the collection requires some knowledge of Spanish, it should be required reading for all women's studies, American studies, and American history students. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Eleanor J. Bader, Brooklyn, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822383284
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Latin America Otherwise
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 871,601
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents


Introduction: Papelitos Guardados:
Theorizing Latinidades Through Testimonio I
I GENEALOGIES OF EMPOWERMENT 25
Certified Organic Intellectual , AURORA LEVINS MORALES 27
My Father's Hands - YVETTE GISELE FLORES-ORTIZ 33
Vignettes of a Working-Class Puerto Rican Girl in Brooklyn,
New York � CELIA ALVAREZ 39
Silence Begins at Home , PATRICIA ZAVELLA 43
You Speak Spanish Because You Are Jewish? - RINA BENMAYOR 55
Getting There CuandoNo Hay Camino - NORMA E. CANTi 60
Reflection and Rebirth: The Evolving Life of a Latina Academic
IRIS OFELIA LOPEZ 69
MiPrimeraAmiguita: Carmelita A GLORIA HOLGUIN CUADRAZ 86
The House That Mami Biela Built A DAISY COCCO DE FILIPPIS 90
Lightning? MIRTHA N. QUINTANALES 96
My Name Is This Story , AURORA LEVINS MORALES 100
Resisting the Alchemy of Erasure: Journey to Labor Ideas .
CLARA LOMAS 104
EstaRisaNoEsdeLoca , CARIDAD SOUZA 114
A Escondidas: A Chicana Feminist Teacher Who Writes/A Chicana Feminist
Writer Who Teaches . NORMA E. CANTU 123
Canto deMiMadreCanto deMi Padre ? IN�S HERNANDEZ AVILA I32
Daughter of Bootstrap ? LUZ DEL ALBA ACEVEDO 139
Beyond Survival: A Politics/ Poetics of Puerto Rican
Consciousness ? LIZA FIOL-MATTA 148
I Can Fly: Of Dreams and Other Nonfictions - ELIANA RIVERO 156
II ALCHEMIES OF ERASURE 167
The Christmas Present ? CARIDAD SOUZA 169
Snapshots from My Daze in School ? CELIA ALVAREZ 177
Point ofDeparture . MIRTHA N. QUINTANALES 185
Another Way to Grow Up Puerto Rican ? LIZA FIOL-MATTA 192
ElBeso , RUTH BEHAR 196
The Prize of a New Cadillac YVETTE GISELE FLORES-ORTIZ 20I
La Tra(d)icidn - LATINA AN6NIMA 204
Between Perfection and Invisibility ? LATINA AN6NIMA 207
Diary of La Llorona with a Ph.D. ? GLORIA HOLGUfN CUADRAZ 212
Welcome to the Ivory Tower , LATINA AN6NIMA 218
I Still Don't Know Why? LATINA AN6NIMA 224
Lessons Learned from an Assistant Professor ?
GLORIA HOLGUiN CUADRAZ 227
Don't You Like Being in the University? ? LATINA AN6NIMA 229
Temporary Latina , RUTH BEHAR 231
Dispelling the Sombras, Grito mi nombre con rayos de luz ,
INES HERNANDEZ AVILA 238
Biting Through , LATINA ANONIMA 245
Sand from Varadero Beach � RUTH BEHAR 247
Speaking Among Friends: Whose Empowerment,
Whose Resistance? A LUZ DEL ALBA ACEVEDO 250
III THE BODY RE/MEMBERS 263
Reading the Body , NORMA E. CANTP 264
Missing Body - CARIDAD SOUZA 266
Malabareando/Juggling ? LIZA FIOL-MATTA 269
Migraine/Jaqueca � NORMA E. CANTP 271
The Wart - DAISY COCCO DE FILIPPIS 273
Why My Ears Aren't Pierced , RUTH BEHAR 275
Night Terrors A LATINA AN6NIMA 277
LaPrincesa A LATINA AN6NIMA 286
Forced by Circumstance A NORMA ALARC6N 289
Let Me Sleep A LATINA AN6NIMA 291
Depression A MIRTHA N. QUINTANALES 293
Desde el Divdn: Testimonios from the Couch A
YVETTE GISELE FLORES-ORTIZ 294
Telling To Live: Devoro laMentira, Resucitando Mi Ser A
INES HERNANDEZ AVILA 298
IV PASSION, DESIRES, AND CELEBRATIONS 303
Shameless Desire / AURORA LEVINS MORALES 305
LaCosa A RUTH BEHAR 307
Boleros A ELIANA RIVERO 309
A Working-class Bruja's Fears and Desires A NORMA E. CANTU 314
Aiin A YVETTE GISELE FLORES-ORTIZ 318
The Names I Used to Call You/The Names I Do Call You A
ELIANA RIVERO 319
PldtanosandPalms A RINA BENMAYOR 321
Three Penny Opera or Eve's Symphony in B Minor .
DAISY COCCO DE FILIPPIS 323
Descubrimiento(s) - CELIA ALVAREZ 327
EntreNosotras. LATINA ANONIMA 331
Pisco and Cranberry - ELIANA RIVERO 334
DeloqueesAmor, deloqueesVida. INPS HERNANDEZ AVILA 336
Eating Mango . LIZA FIOL-MATTA 344
Everyday Grace , MIRTHA N. QUINTANALES 345
TenemosqueSeguirLuchando - PATRICIA ZAVELLA 348
Select Bibliography 357

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