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Since the 1980s Chicana writers including Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, and Alma Luz Villanueva have reworked iconic Mexican cultural symbols such as mother earth goddesses and La Llorona (the Wailing Woman of Mexican folklore), re-imagining them as powerful female figures. After reading the works of Chicana writers who created bold, powerful, and openly sexual female characters, Debra J. Blake wondered how everyday Mexican American women would characterize their own lives in relation to the writers’ radical reconfigurations of female sexuality and gender roles. To find out, Blake gathered oral histories from working-class and semiprofessional U.S. Mexicanas. In Chicana Sexuality and Gender, she compares the self-representations of these women with fictional and artistic representations by academic-affiliated, professional intellectual Chicana writers and visual artists, including Alma M. López and Yolanda López.

Blake looks at how the Chicana professional intellectuals and the U.S. Mexicana women refigure confining and demeaning constructions of female gender roles and racial, ethnic, and sexual identities. She organizes her analysis around re-imaginings of La Virgen de Guadalupe, La Llorona, indigenous Mexica goddesses, and La Malinche, the indigenous interpreter for Hernán Cortés during the Spanish conquest. In doing so, Blake reveals how the professional intellectuals and the working-class and semiprofessional women rework or invoke the female icons to confront the repression of female sexuality, limiting gender roles, inequality in male and female relationships, and violence against women. While the representational strategies of the two groups of women are significantly different and the U.S. Mexicanas would not necessarily call themselves feminists, Blake nonetheless illuminates a continuum of Chicana feminist thinking, showing how both groups of women expand lifestyle choices and promote the health and well-being of women of Mexican origin or descent.

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A study of working class and elite intellectual Mexican and Mexican American women that focuses on their sexuality and identity, particularly their identification with four primary Mexican female cultural symbols: La Malinche, Aztec goddesses, the Virgin

About the Author

Debra J. Blake is a lecturer in the Department of Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822343103
Author:
Blake, Debra J.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
var-Hull, Sonia
Author:
Sonia Sald&iacute
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Author:
var-Hull
Author:
Sald&iacute
Author:
Silverblatt, Irene
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Mexican american women
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Hispanic American Studies
Subject:
American - Hispanic American
Subject:
Feminism -- United States.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Hispanic American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 illustrations
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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