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Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, by G. Anzaldúa

Short Oral Report
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Antia G. Ben

on 8 December 2013

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Transcript of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, by G. Anzaldúa

Borderlands/La Frontera:
The New Mestiza

"Chicana tejana feminist-dyke-patlache poet, fiction writer, and cultural theorist"
Gloria E. Anzaldúa
1942
1968
1972
2005
2004
Born
Río Grande Valley, TX
B.A. in English, Art & Secondary Ed.
Pan American U, TX
M.A. in English & Ed.
U of Texas at Austin
Died of diabetes
Santa Cruz, CA
Ph.D. in Literature
UC-Santa Cruz, CA
Preschool teacher
Special Ed. teacher
High school teacher
Ed. administrator, IN
Involved in farm worker act.
Lecturer at ≠ U
Partakes in writers' circles
1987
Borderlands/La Frontera
"her defining work"
1976
Ph.D. in U of Texas-Austin
Drops out
Prolific writer's life
"The new mestiza copes by developing
a tolerance for contradictions, a tolerance
for ambiguity ... She learns to juggle cultures.
She has a plural personality ... Not only does
she sustain contradictions, she turns
ambivalence into something else."
Part I
7 essay chapters on...
I History of the Borderlands
II Anzaldúa's own (her)tory
III Spirituality
IV Spirituality
V Language
VI Becoming a writer
VII Mestiza consciousness
Part 2
40 poems in 6 sections...
To live in the borderlands means you...
are neither hispana india negra española
ni gabacha, eres mestiza, mulata, half-breed
caught in the crossfire between camps
while carrying all five races on your back
not knowing which side to turn, run from;
...
To survive in the borderlands
you must live sin fronteras
be a crossroads.
"more and more people today
become border people"
either
or
contra
diction
race
language
gender
religion
ethnicity
never
comfortable
but
opens
possibilities
for...
Themes
Thanks!
spirituality
sexism
anger
violence
poverty
identity
history
Chicana culture
fear
Copyright (c) 2013 by Antia G. Ben. This work is made available under the Creative Commons Atribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
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2
3
4
5
queer
folk
Catolithism
Chican@
5th race
Spanglish (mix of 6+2)
MAIN REFERENCE
Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, 3rd ed. (San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute, 2007).

FOOTNOTES
1. Annlouise Keating, "Writing, Politics, and las Leasberadas: Platicando con Gloria Anzaldúa," in Chicana Leadership: The Frontiers Reader, ed. by Yolanda Flores Niemann, Susan Armitage, Patricia Hart & Karen Weathermon (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002), p. 120.
2. http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/anzaldua.php#bio
3. Anzaldúa, Editor's Note.
4. Anzaldúa, p. 101.
5. Anzaldúa, p. 233.
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