Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature

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  • Copyright: 1993-08-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
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Given the explosive creativityshown by Chicana writers over the past two decades, this first major anthology devoted to their work is a major contribution to American letters. It highlights the key issues, motifs, and concerns of Mexican American women from 1848 to the present, and particularly reflects the modern Chicana's struggle for identity. Among the recurring themes in the collection is a re-visioning of foremothers such as the historical Malinche, the mythical Llorona, and pioneering women who settled the American Southwest from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries. Also included are historical documents on the lives, culture, and writings of Mexican American women in the nineteenth century, as well as oral histories recorded by the Federal Writers Project in the 1930s. Through poetry, fiction, drama, essay, and other forms, this landmark volume showcases the talents of more than fifty authors, including Gloria E. Anzaldua, Ana Castillo, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Denise Chavez, Sandra Cisneros, Pat Mora, Cherrie Moraga, and Maria Helena Viramontes.

Table of Contents

Photographic Images: Some of the Contributors
Introductionp. 1
The Oral Tradition
Excerpts from "Una Vieja Y Sus Recuerdos"p. 39
Eufemia's Sopapillasp. 42
An Old Native Custom: La Curanderap. 43
Quiteria Outwits the Witch Nursep. 46
Las Tres Gangozas (The Three Sisters)p. 46
The Written Tradition
Asking For the Bridep. 47
The Field Crosses of the Farmersp. 50
The Herb Womanp. 52
Shadows of the Past - VI. Memoriasp. 57
Flores Secas / Dried Flowersp. 63
Quinceanera / Sweet Fifteenp. 65
Drama en Mananitas / Drama in the Early Morningsp. 66
Maria Esperanzap. 68
Simplicidades / Simplicitiesp. 69
A Elena / To Elenap. 71
Schoolp. 71
Self and Identity
So Not To Be Mottledp. 78
My Namep. 79
Toma de nombre / Taking of Namep. 79
By Your True Faces We Will Know Youp. 81
El dia de la chicanap. 82
Soy hija de mis padres... / I am the daughter of my parentsp. 83
La Loca de la Raza Cosmicap. 84
Crisis de identidad / Crisis of Identityp. 88
Oaxaca, 1974p. 90
The Gift?p. 91
Chicana Studiesp. 92
To Other Women Who Were Ugly Oncep. 93
Women Are Not Rosesp. 94
Legal Alienp. 95
To live in the Borderlands means youp. 96
Mestizap. 97
ever sincep. 101
I sing to myselfp. 102
Progenitorp. 104
From "A Letter to Alicia"p. 105
Wholep. 106
Desert Womenp. 107
Self and Others
My Mother Pieced Quiltsp. 113
ser conformep. 114
Haciendo Tamalesp. 115
Beneath the Shadow of the Freewayp. 116
mi mama se sentaba / my mother would sitp. 118
For the Color of My Motherp. 119
Baby Dollp. 120
The Albump. 121
Section 3 from Mother, May I?p. 122
Mama Tonap. 124
The Mothsp. 126
Mourning a Sister's Deathp. 130
To a Little Blond Girl of Heber, Califasp. 131
Wimpy's Wakep. 132
Arturo Burrop. 135
mente joven...p. 136
El sueno de las floresp. 137
On Meeting You in Dream and Remembering Our Dancep. 138
Chonp. 139
after the name-givingp. 140
To My Daughterp. 141
Nuestros mundos / Our Worldsp. 143
Plotp. 144
The Toltecp. 145
South Sangamonp. 146
The Jewelry Collection of Marta la Guerap. 146
Do You Take?p. 150
Para un Revolucionariop. 151
A Woman Was Rapedp. 152
For Virginia Chavezp. 154
Crowp. 156
La Casa / The Housep. 161
kitchen talkp. 163
New Year's Evep. 163
Section 5 from Mother, May I?p. 164
Spaces like the Barriop. 165
The Truth in My Evesp. 166
The Journeyp. 167
was fun running 'round descalzap. 171
Caminitosp. 173
Roadsp. 175
The Valley of the Sunp. 176
Fecundatingp. 180
El retornop. 180
Drought: San Joaquin Valley, Winterp. 183
La Gran Ciudadp. 183
The Borderp. 185
tia juana u glistenp. 187
tavern taboop. 188
Myths and Archetypes
Aztec Princessp. 195
Marinap. 196
La Malinchep. 198
La Malinche a Cortez y Vice Versa / La Malinche to Cortez and Vice Versap. 200
Somos la Tierrap. 202
Malinche's Discoursep. 203
Malinche Past: Selection from Paletitas de guayabap. 207
Malinchista, A Myth Revisedp. 212
Como Duelep. 213
Go Away from My Window, La Llorona (1)p. 215
La Llorona: At Sixteen; Portrait by the Riverp. 216
La Lloronap. 218
Witches' Bloodp. 219
The Three Sistersp. 220
Handsp. 222
1910p. 227
Josefina's Chickensp. 228
Adelitap. 231
Guerrillera Soy / I Am a Warrior Womanp. 232
Sor Juanap. 233
444 Years Afterp. 256
Little Miracles, Kept Promisesp. 257
Gulliblep. 266
Cuento de Hadas / Fairy Talep. 267
Mi Reflejop. 268
Writers on Language and Writing
A Poet's Jobp. 276
It Is My Naturep. 277
Creationsp. 277
Cuentista: Story-tellerp. 278
Clever Twistp. 278
Restless Serpentsp. 279
Como la semilla / Like the Seedp. 280
Protocolo de verduras / The Protocol of Vegetablesp. 280
Para el consumidor / For the Consumerp. 282
Maybe a Nun After Allp. 283
Visions of Mexico While at a Writing Symposium in Port Townsend Washingtonp. 284
Poem For The Young White Man Who Asked Me How I, An Intelligent, Well-Read Person Could Believe In The War Between Racesp. 286
Declaration on a Day of Little Inspirationp. 287
Literary Wetbackp. 288
Refugee Shipp. 293
Linguistic Terrorismp. 293
Julieta's Musesp. 295
They Are Laying Plans for Me - Those Curanderasp. 296
Poema Inedito / Unpublished Poemp. 297
Mi Poesia / My Poetryp. 298
Dedicated to American Atomics IIp. 298
Lirica fanatica / Fanatic Lyricp. 299
Desveladas inutiles / Useless Sleeplessnessp. 300
The Confessionp. 300
como embrujadap. 303
Paradoxp. 303
Mango Says Goodbye Sometimesp. 304
Growingp. 307
Aay Cucuy...! / "Ooooh! The Boogieman!"p. 314
Nostalgiap. 315
Pueblo, 1950p. 315
Elena at 5 Yearsp. 316
Troublemaker (for all who ask what I plan to do with my degree)p. 316
Excerpts from "Rosebud"p. 317
How I Changed the War and Won the Gamep. 321
Veloriop. 322
Evening in Parisp. 324
Monarquiap. 329
Para Teresap. 330
I Was a Skinny Tomboy Kidp. 333
In the Toolshedp. 335
Her Choicep. 337
My Poetryp. 343
Firep. 344
Movimiento / Movementp. 345
Let Us Never Forget the Dancep. 347
He was one of those special ones, she saidp. 348
The Ceremony of Orgasmp. 350
Mielvirgenp. 351
Spring Tonicp. 352
Dreamp. 353
The Body as Braillep. 353
Como lo sientop. 354
Making Tortillasp. 355
Bearded Ladyp. 356
Two Brothersp. 356
Plumbp. 357
Segmentsp. 357
Emplumadap. 358
'San Antonio Rose' Era Xicanap. 358
Sin Ti Yo No Soy Nada / Without You I Am Nothingp. 359
The Paris Gownp. 360
Weeping With Laughterp. 368
Bibliographyp. 371
Acknowledgments and Sourcesp. 379
About the Contributorsp. 385
About the Editorsp. 393
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