9781137343574

Radical Chicana Poetics

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    9781137343574

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    1137343575

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-28
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

In This Bridge Called My Back, Gloria Anzaldúa wrote: “A woman who writes has power. A woman who writes is feared. In the eyes of the world this makes us dangerous beasts.” Her statement marked a moment of collective self-recognition. Radical Chicana Poetics considers this moment as a point of entry into Chicana writings. Offering a transdisciplinary analysis of works by Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, Ana Castillo, Emma Pérez, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, and Sandra Cisneros, this book explores how radical Chicanas deal with tensions that arise from their focus on the body, desire, and writing.  Delving into the subtle differences between the authors, Ricardo F. Vivancos Pérez sheds new light on contemporary cultural production and feminist activism, and reflects upon positionality and ethics in Chican@ and Latin@ scholarship.

Author Biography

Ricardo F. Vivancos Pérez is Assistant Professor at George Mason University, USA. He specializes in Latina/o and Latin American studies, Exile studies, and Feminist theories.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fearing the "Dangerous Beasts:" Radical Chicana Poetics
PART I DANGEROUS BODIES / TEXTS
1. Gloria Anzaldúa's Poetics: The Process of Writing Borderlands
2. Cherríe Moraga's 'Theory in the Flesh' and the Chicana Subject
PART II: (RE)POSITIONINGS
3. The Nomadic Chicana Writer in Ana Castillo and Emma Pérez
4. Alicia Gaspar de Alba's Sor Juana as Symbolic Foremother
PART III. Global Interventions
5. Weaving Texts and Selves in Sandra Cisneros's Caramelo
6. The Juárez Murders, Chicana Poetics and Human Rights Discourse
Epilogue: The Coyolxauhqui Imperative and the Critic

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