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Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza, 5th Edition

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A new edition of Anzaldúa's classic text.

"The U.S-Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds. And before a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the lifeblood of two worlds merging to form a third country—a border culture."—Gloria Anzaldúa

Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa's experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA: THE NEW MESTIZA profoundly challenged, and continue to challenge, how we think about identity. BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA remaps our understanding of what a "border' is, presenting it not as a simple divide between here and there, us and them, but as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us.

"The emotional and intellectual impact of the book is disorienting and powerful...all languages are spoken, and survival depends on understanding all modes of thought. In the borderlands new creatures come into being. Anzaldúa celebrates this 'new mestiza' in bold, experimental writing."—The Village Voice

"Anzaldúa's pulsating weaving of innovative poetry with sparse informative prose brings us deep into the insider/outsider consciousness of the borderlands; that ancient and contemporary, crashing and blending world that divides and unites America."—Women's Review of Books

Poetry. Latinx Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies.

ISBN-13: 9781951874025

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Aunt Lute Books

Publication Date: 03-01-2022

Pages: 208

Product Dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.55(d)

Gloria Anzaldúa was a Chicana-tejana-lesbian-feminist poet, theorist, and fiction writer from South Texas. In addition to authoring BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA: THE NEW MESTIZA (Aunt Lute, 1987), she was the editor of the critical anthology MAKING FACE/MAKING SOUL/HACIENDO CARAS (Aunt Lute, 1990) and co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (Persephone, 1981), winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award. Her works also include Interviews/Entrevistas (Routledge, 2000) and This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation, edited with AnaLouise Keating (Routledge, 2002). She also authored three bilingual children's books, including Prietita Has a Friend/Prietita tiene un amigo. She taught Creative Writing, Chicano Studies, and Feminist Studies at University of Texas, San Francisco State University, Vermont College of Norwich University, and University of California Santa Cruz. Gloria Anzaldúa passed away in 2004 and was honored around the world for shedding visionary light on the Chicana experience by receiving the National Association For Chicano Studies Scholar Award in 2005. Gloria was also posthumously awarded her doctoral degree in literature from the University of California Santa Cruz. A number of scholarships and book awards, including the Anzaldúa Scholar Activist Award and the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars, are awarded in her name every year.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface to the First Edition ix

Atravesando Fronteras/Crossing Borders 13

1 The Homeland, Aztlán/El otro México 15

2 Movimientos de rebeldía y las culturas que traicionan 27

3 Entering into the Serpent 35

4 La herencia de Coatlicue/The Coatlicue State 51

5 How to Tame a Wild Tongue 61

6 Tlilli, Tlapalli/The Path of the Red and Black Ink 73

7 La conciencia de la mestiza/Towards a New Consciousness 83

Un Agitado Viento/Ehécatl, The Wind 99

I Más antes en los ranchos 101

II La pérdida 115

III Crossers y otros atravesados 139

IV Cihuatlyotl, Woman Alone 153

V Animas 175

VI El Retorno 191