Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education

Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education


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Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education by Jennifer De Leon

College can be a complex time for Latinas, who are traditionally expected to leave home when they get married. In her essay “Only Daughter,” author Sandra Cisneros remarks, “After four years in college and two more in graduate school, and still no husband, my father shakes his head even now and says I wasted all that education.”

Wise Latinas is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college, where they are vastly underrepresented, is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes—and where the values of two cultures often clash. Wise Latinas is in part a response to this widening gap.

Featuring acclaimed writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Norma Cantú, and Julia Alvarez, to name a few, Wise Latinas shows that there is no one Latina college experience. With thoughtful and engaging pieces, Wise Latinas provides a platform for Latina writers to share their experiences in higher education and gives a voice to the many Latina women who have taken risks; embraced the new, confronted change; and maintained (and in some cases found) their roots.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803245938
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,237,717
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jennifer De Leon is a teacher in the Boston Public Schools district and an instructor at the Grub Street Creative Writing Center. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Fourth Genre, Ms. Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Source Acknowledgments xv

Introduction Jennifer De Leon 1

I Worlds Apart

Going the Distance Blanca Torres 11

Scrambled Channels Yalitza Ferreras 20

White Girl Colorless Afri Pana Gail M. Dottin 29

Nomadic Ingrid Rojas Contreras 38

Leaving Miami Chantel Acevedo 54

II Rooms of Our Own

Las Otras Celeste Guzman Mendoza 63

Pancakes at 2 a.m. Stephanie Elizondo Griest 68

Independence Iris Gomez 73

Stories She Told Us Daisy Hernández 78

Who Goes to College? Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés 101

I'm Living in a Foreign Country Toni Margarita Plummer 108

My Stalker Lorraine M. López 115

III Inside These Academic Walls

Rapunzel's Ladder Julia Alvarez 125

Derrumbando Muros along an Academic Path Norma Elia Cantú 138

On Becoming Educated Joy Castro 147

La Silla Ruth Behar 155

IV In Tribute, In Time

The Weight of Paper Beatriz Terrazas 163

To My Younger Self Erika Martínez 173

After Yale Li Yun Alvarado 182

How to Leave Hialeah Jennine Capó Crucet 193

Only Daughter Sandra Cisneros 210

Contributors 215

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