Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (Latin America Otherwise) (Hardcover)

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Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative (Latin America Otherwise) (Hardcover)

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Gloria Anzald a's narrative and theoretical innovations, particularly her concept of mestiza consciousness, have influenced critical thinking about colonialism, gender, history, language, religion, sexuality, spirituality, and subjectivity. Yet Anzald a's theory of spiritual mestizaje has not been extensively studied until now. Taking up that task, Theresa Delgadillo reveals spiritual mestizaje as central to the queer feminist Chicana theorist's life and thought, and as a critical framework for interpreting contemporary Chicana literary and visual narratives. First mentioned by Anzald a in her pioneering book Borderlands/La Frontera, spiritual mestizaje is a transformative process of excavating bodily memory to develop a radical, sustained critique of oppression and renew one's relation to the sacred. Delgadillo analyzes the role of spiritual mestizaje in Anzald a's work and in relation to other forms of spirituality and theories of oppression. Illuminating the ways that contemporary Chicana narratives visualize, imagine, and enact Anzald a's theory and method of spiritual mestizaje, Delgadillo interprets novels, memoir, and documentaries. Her critical reading of literary and visual technologies demonstrates how Chicanas challenge normative categories of gender, sexuality, nation, and race by depicting alternative visions of spirituality.
Theresa Delgadillo is Professor of English and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Product Details ISBN: 9780822350293
ISBN-10: 0822350297
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: July 19th, 2011
Pages: 296
Language: English
Series: Latin America Otherwise