The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader

The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader

by Gloria Anzaldua
     
 


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 editorSee more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822345640
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Latin America Otherwise Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
637,002
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Reading Gloria Anzaldúa, Reading Ourselves ... Complex Intimacies, Intricate Connections 1

Part 1 "Early" Writings

Tihueque 19

To Delia, Who Failed on Principles 20

Reincarnation 21

The Occupant 22

I Want To Be Shocked Shitless 23

The New Speakers 24

Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers 26

The coming of el mundo surdo 36

La Prieta 38

El paisano is a bird of good omen 51

Dream of the Double-Faced Woman 70

Foreword to the Second Edition (of This Bridge Called My Back) 72

Spirituality, Sexuality, and the Body: An Interview with Linda Smuckler 74

Part 2 "Middle" Writings

Enemy of the State 97

Del Otro Lado 99

Encountering the Medusa 101

Creativity and Switching Modes of Consciousness 103

En Rapport, In Opposition: Cobrando cuentas a las nuestras 111

The Presence 119

Metaphors in the Tradition of the Shaman 121

Haciendo caras, una entrada 124

Bridge, Drawbridge, Sandbar, or Island: Lesbians-of-Color Hacienda Alianzas 140

Ghost Trap/Trampa de espanto 157

To(o) Queer the Writer-Loca, escritora y chicana 163

Border Arte: Nepantla, el Lugar de la Frontera 176

On the Process of Writing Borderlands / La Frontera 187

La vulva es una herida abierta / The vulva is an open wound 198

The New Mestiza Nation: A Multicultural Movement 203

Part 3 Gallery of Images 217

Part 4 "Later" Writings

Foreword to Cassell's Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit 229

How to 232

Memoir-My Calling; or, Notes for "How Prieta Came to Write" 235

When I write I hover 238

Transforming American Studies: 2001 Bode-Pearson Prize Acceptance Speech239

Yemayá 242

(Un)natural bridges, (Un)safe spaces 243

Healing wounds 249

Reading LP 250

A Short Q & A between LP and Her Author (GEA) 274

Like a spider in her web 276

Bearing Witness: Their Eyes Anticipate the Healing 277

The Postmodern Llorona 280

Speaking across the Divide 282

Llorona Coyolxauhqui 295

Disability & Identity: An E-mail Exchange & a Few Additional Thoughts 298

Let us be the healing of the wound: The Coyolxauhqui imperative-la sombra y el sueno 303

Appendix 1 Glossary 319

Appendix 2 Timeline: Some Highlights from Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa's Life 325

Bibliography 337

Index 351

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