Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition

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Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. LGBT Studies. Fourth Edition. Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa's experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume 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.

This twenty-fifth anniversary edition features a new introduction by scholars Norma Cantú (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Aída Hurtado (University of California at Santa Cruz) as well as a revised critical bibliography.

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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 137 x 213 x 23mm | 363g
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • 4th ed.
  • 1879960850
  • 9781879960855
  • 16,890

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Rooted in Gloria Anzaldua's experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the...
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I can't say enough positive things about this book. I'm a white, queer, disabled, middle class Italian-Australian woman, and I felt deeply connected to and inspired by Anzaldua's prose and poetry, regardless of the differences and similarities between our experiences. I have mediocre Spanish at best, no Nahuatl, have a passing understanding of Mesoamerican cultures and have never been to the American South-West or Mexico, but the passion and clarity in this book, even as Anzaldua code-shifts, didn't let the language barriers overwhelm me. It's a ******* masterpiece. This was my first contact with Anzaldua, and I'm so grateful to her for her wisdom, anger, and fierce embrace of her identity. Read this book, you will never regret or forget more
by Damiya Hayden
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