This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation / Edition 1

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More than twenty years after the ground-breaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back called upon feminists to envision new forms of communities and practices, Gloria E. Anzaldua and AnaLouise Keating have painstakingly assembled a new collection of over eighty original writings that offers a bold new vision of women-of-color consciousness for the twenty-first century. Written by women and men - both 'of color' and 'white'- this bridge we call home will challenge readers to rethink existing categories and invent new individual and collective identities.

2002 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Nonfiction Anthology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415936811
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria E. AnzaldĂșa is a self-described tejana patlache (queer) nepantlera spiritual activist and has played a pivotal role in defining U.S. feminisms, Chicano/a issues, ethnic studies, and queer theory. Her book Borderlands/La frontera: The New Mestiza was selected as one of the 100 best books of the century by Hungry Mind Review and the Utne Reader.
AnaLouise Keating is a nepantlera, spiritual activist, and associate professor of Women's Studies at Texas Women's University. She is the author of Women Reading Women Writing and has published articles on critical "race" theory, queer theory, and Latina and African American women writers.
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Table of Contents

Giving Thanks
Preface: (Un)natural bridges, (Un)safe spaces 1
Charting Pathways, Marking Thresholds ... A Warning, An Introduction 6
Foreword: AfterBridge: Technologies of Crossing 21
I "Looking for my own bridge to get over" ... exploring the impact
1 Open the Door 27
2 Chameleon 28
3 Del puente al arco iris: transformando de guerrera a mujer de la paz - From Bridge to Rainbow: Transforming from Warrior to Woman of Peace 42
4 Nacido en un Puente/Born on a Bridge 50
5 Engaging Contradictions, Creating Home ... Three Letters 53
6 Bridges/Backs/Books: A Love Letter to the Editors 59
7 Bridging Different Views: Australian and Asia-Pacific Engagements with This Bridge Called My Back 62
8 Thinking Again: This Bridge Called My Back and the Challenge to Whiteness 69
9 The Spirit of This Bridge 77
10 Remembering This Bridge, Remembering Ourselves: Yearning, Memory, and Desire 81
11 Seventh Fire 104
II "Still struggling with the boxes people try to put me in" ... resisting the labels
12 Interracial 105
13 Los Intersticios: Recasting Moving Selves 106
14 Gallina Ciega: Turning the Game on Itself 110
15 Que Onda Mother Goose: The Real Nursery Rhyme from El Barrio 116
16 The Hipness of Mediation: A Hyphenated German Existence 117
17 Living Fearlessly With and Within Differences: My Search for Identity Beyond Categories and Contradictions 126
18 A Letter to a Mother, from Her Son 136
19 Young Man Popkin: A Queer Dystopia 137
20 Transchildren, Changelings, and Fairies: Living the Dream and Surviving the Nightmare in Contemporary America 145
21 The Real Americana 155
22 Shades of a Bridge's Breath 158
23 Nomadic Existence: Exile, Gender, and Palestine (an E-mail Conversation between Sisters) 165
24 (Re)Writing Home: A Daughter's Letter to Her Mother 176
25 In the End (Al Fin) We are all Chicanas (Somos Todos Chicanas): pivotal positions for change 181
III "Locking arms in the master's house" ... omissions, revisions, new issues
26 Burning House 191
27 "What's Wrong with a Little Fantasy?" Storytelling from the (Still) Ivory Tower 192
28 Footnoting Heresy: E-mail Dialogues 202
29 Memory and the New-Born: The Maternal Imagination in Diaspora 208
30 The "White" Sheep of the Family: But Bleaching is like Starvation 223
31 Lesbianism, 2000 232
32 "Now That You're White Man": Changing Sex in a Postmodern World - Being, Becoming, and Borders 239
33 Poets, Lovers, and the Master's Tools: A Conversation with Audre Lorde 254
34 "All I Can Cook is Crack on a Spoon": A Sign for a New Generation of Feminists 258
35 Don't Touch: Recuerdos (Self-Destruction) 267
36 Premature 267
37 The Reckoning 277
IV "A place at the table" ... surviving the battles, shaping our worlds
38 Puente del Fuego 285
39 Vanish is a Toilet Bowl Cleaner 286
40 Yo'Done Bridge is Fallin' Down 287
41 Council Meeting 293
42 For My Sister: Smashing the Walls of Pretense and Shame 295
43 Resisting the Shore 301
44 Standing on This Bridge 304
45 Stolen Beauty 313
46 Looking for Warrior Woman (Beyond Pocahontas) 314
47 So Far from the Bridge 325
48 The Ricky Ricardo Syndrome: Looking for Leaders, Finding Celebrities 330
49 Survival 339
50 Imagining Differently: The Politics of Listening in a Feminist Classroom 341
V "Shouldering more identity than we can bear" ... seeking allies in academe
51 Nurturance 357
52 Aliens and Others in Search of the Tribe in Academe 358
53 The Fire in My Heart 369
54 Notes from a Welfare Queen in the Ivory Tower 372
55 Being the Bridge: A Solitary Black Woman's Position in the Women's Studies Classroom as a Feminist Student and Professor 381
56 This World is My Place 390
57 Missing Ellen and Finding the Inner Life: Reflections of a Latina Lesbian Feminist on the Politics of the Academic Closet 391
58 The Cry-Smile Mask: A Korean-American Woman's System of Resistance 397
59 Andrea's Third Shift: The Invisible Work of African-American Women in Higher Education 403
60 Recollecting This Bridge in an Anti-Affirmative Action Era: Literary Anthologies, Academic Memoir, and Institutional Autobiography 415
61 Healing Suenos for Academia 433
VI "Yo soy to otro yo - I am your other I" ... forging common ground
62 My tears are wings 439
63 The Colors Beneath Our Skin 440
64 Connection: The Bridge Finds its Voice 449
65 The Body Politic - Meditations on Identity 450
66 Speaking of Privilege 458
67 The Latin American and Caribbean Feminist/Lesbian Encuentros: Crossing the Bridge of Our Diverse Identities 463
68 Sitting in the Waiting Room of Adult and Family Services at SE 122nd in Portland, Oregon, with My Sister and My Mother Two Hours Before I Return to School (April 1995) 470
69 Tenuous Alliance 473
70 Chamizal 483
71 Linkages: A Personal-Political Journey with Feminist-of-Color Politics 486
VII "I am the pivot for transformation" ... enacting the vision
72 Girl and Snake 495
73 Thawing Hearts, Opening a Path in the Woods, Founding a New Lineage 496
74 Still Crazy After All These Tears 506
75 "And Revolution is Possible": Re-Membering the Vision of This Bridge 510
76 Witch Museum 517
77 Forging El Mundo Zurdo: Changing Ourselves, Changing the World 519
78 In the Presence of Spirit(s): A Meditation on the Politics of Solidarity and Transformation 530
79 Continents 539
80 Now let us shift ... the path of conocimiento ... inner work, public acts 540
Works Cited 579
Contributors' Biographies 593
Editors' Biographies 602
Index 603
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