Chicana Feminisms-PB (Paperback)

By Patricia Zavella (Editor), Gabriela F. Arredondo (Editor), Aida Hurtado (Editor)

Duke University Press, 9780822331414, 408pp.

Publication Date: July 9, 2003

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Description

Chicana Feminisms presents new essays on Chicana feminist thought by scholars, creative writers, and artists. This volume moves the field of Chicana feminist theory forward by examining feminist creative expression, the politics of representation, and the realities of Chicana life. Drawing on anthropology, folklore, history, literature, and psychology, the distinguished contributors combine scholarly analysis, personal observations, interviews, letters, visual art, and poetry. The collection is structured as a series of dynamic dialogues: each of the main pieces is followed by an essay responding to or elaborating on its claims. The broad range of perspectives included here highlights the diversity of Chicana experience, particularly the ways it is made more complex by differences in class, age, sexual orientation, language, and region. Together the essayists enact the contentious, passionate conversations that define Chicana feminisms.

The contributors contemplate a number of facets of Chicana experience: life on the Mexico-U.S. border, bilingualism, the problems posed by a culture of repressive sexuality, the ranchera song, and domesticana artistic production. They also look at Chicana feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, the history of Chicanas in the larger Chicano movement, autobiographical writing, and the interplay between gender and ethnicity in the movie Lone Star. Some of the essays are expansive; others--such as Norma Cantu's discussion of the writing of her fictionalized memoir Canicula--are intimate. All are committed to the transformative powers of critical inquiry and feminist theory.

Contributors. Norma Alarcon, Gabriela F. Arredondo, Ruth Behar, Maylei Blackwell, Norma E. Cantu, Sergio de la Mora, Ann duCille, Michelle Fine, Rosa Linda Fregoso, Rebecca M. Gamez, Jennifer Gonzalez, Ellie Hernandez, Aida Hurtado, Claire Joysmith, Norma Klahn, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Olga Najera-Ramirez, Anna Nieto Gomez, Renato Rosaldo, Elba Rosario Sanchez, Marcia Stephenson, Jose Manuel Valenzuela, Patricia Zavella.



About the Author

Gabriela F. Arredondo is Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.Aida Hurtado is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of Voicing Chicana Feminisms: Young Women Speak Out on Sexuality and Identity.Norma Klahn is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and coeditor of Las Nuevas Fronteras del Siglo XXI/New Frontiers of the 21st Century.Olga Najera-Ramirez is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and coeditor of Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change.Patricia Zavella is Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and coauthor of Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios, published by Duke University Press.
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