Borderlands/La Frontera. The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

By Gloria Anzaldúa

Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa's event as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a author, the groundbreaking essays and poems during this quantity profoundly challenged how we predict approximately id. Borderlands/La Frontera remapped our knowing of what a "border" is, seeing it now not as an easy divide among the following and there, us and them, yet as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits we all. This twentieth-anniversary version gains new commentaries from fashionable activists, artists, and academics at the legacy of Gloria Anzaldúa's visionary work.

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EIAngio can cara de inocente nos arranc6 la lengua. Wild tongues can't be tamed, they can only be cut out. mos el OSCU1'O. lta. En boca cerrada no entran moscas. "Flies don't ent,er a dosed mouth" is a saying I kept hearing when I was a child. Ser habladora was to be a gossip and a liar, to talk too much. r una latta de respeto to talk back to one's mother or father. I remember one of the sins I'd recite to the priest in the confession box the few times I went to confession: talking back to my mother, habtar pa' 'tras, repelar.

Is identifi,ed with the negauve, base and evil forces-the masculine order casting its dual shadowand all these are identified with darkskinned people. In attending to this first darkness I am led back to the mystery of the Origin. the one who whispers in a slither of serpents. Somethll1g 1S trymg to tell me. ue State That vokeat the edge of things. But I know what I want and I stamp ahead, arrogance edging my face. I tremble before the animal, the alien, the sul:l- or suprahuman, the me that has something in common with the wind and the trees and the rocks, that,possesses a demon determination and ruthlessness beyond the human.

Then I feel myself dosing, hiding, holding myself together rather than allowing myself to fall apart. Sweating, with a headache, unwilling to communicate, frightened by sudden noises, esto)! asustada.. In the Mexican culture it is called susto, the soul frightened am of the body. recuperate, to withdraw into the "underworld" without drawing condemnation. tlan, the underworld. he "place of the dead" I wallow, sinking deeper and deeper. When I reach bottom, something forces me to pushup, walk toward the mirror, con" from the face in the mirror.

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