Synopses & Reviews
This interdisciplinary study explores how US Mexicana and Chicana authors and artists across different historical periods and regions use domestic space to actively claim their own histories. Through andldquo;negotiationandrdquo;andmdash;a concept that accounts for artistic practices outside the duality of resistance/accommodationandmdash;and andldquo;self-fashioning,andrdquo; Marci R. McMahon demonstrates how the very sites of domesticity are used to engage the many political and recurring debates about race, gender, and immigration affecting Mexicanas and Chicanas from the early twentieth century to today.
Domestic Negotiations covers a range of archival sources and cultural productions, including the self-fashioning of the andldquo;chili queensandrdquo; of San Antonio, Texas, Jovita Gonzandaacute;lezandrsquo;s romance novel Caballero, the home economics career and cookbooks of Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Sandra Cisnerosandrsquo;s andldquo;purple house controversyandrdquo; and her acclaimed text The House on Mango Street, Patssi Valdezandrsquo;s self-fashioning and performance of domestic space in Asco and as a solo artist, Diane Rodrandiacute;guezandrsquo;s performance of domesticity in Hollywood television and direction of domestic roles in theater, and Alma Landoacute;pezandrsquo;s digital prints of domestic labor in Los Angeles. With intimate close readings, McMahon shows how Mexicanas and Chicanas shape domestic space to construct identities outside of gendered, racialized, and xenophobic rhetoric.
andquot;With depth and clarity, McMahon offers a highly valued analysis of Chicana and Mexicana women who negotiate the domesticated gendered body . . . an important and timely contribution to the field.andquot;
andquot;An original, elegantly written, and exciting approach to domesticity scholarship. McMahon shows how Mexicanas, Mexican American women, and Chicanas reconfigured domestic space into interpretive power to author their own histories in public spaces of performance, visual art, and print culture.andquot;
"With scholarship that is broad and deep, Intersections of Harm offers excellent, original, and nuanced readings of Latina/o literature that add to ongoing conversations in Latina literary studies and beyond."
"Intersections of Harm makes a distinctive contribution through its careful analysis of how individual physical and psychological damage interacts with larger, geopolitical forms of harm, making for rich, nuanced reading."
Domestic Negotiations explores how U.S. Mexicana and Chicana authors and artists across different historical periods and regions use domestic space to actively claim their own histories. Drawing from a range of archival sources and cultural productions, the book demonstrates how the very sites of domesticity are used to engage with the many political and recurring debates about race, gender, and immigration affecting the lives of Mexicanas and Chicanas from the early twentieth century to today.
In this innovative new study, Laura Halperin examines literary representations of harm inflicted on Latinas’ minds and bodies, and on the places Latinas inhabit, but she also explores how hope can be found amid so much harm. Analyzing contemporary memoirs and novels by Irene Vilar, Loida Maritza Pérez, Ana Castillo, Cristina García, and Julia Alvarez, she argues that the individual harm experienced by Latinas needs to be understood in relation to the collective histories of aggression against their communities.
Gender discrimination pervades nearly all legal institutions and practices in Latin America. The deeper question is how this shapes broader relations of power. By examining the relationship between law and gender as it manifests itself in the Mexican legal system, the thirteen essays in this volume show how law is produced by, but also perpetuates, unequal power relations. At the same time, however, authors show how law is often malleable and can provide spaces for negotiation and redress. The contributors (including political scientists, sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, and economists) explore these issues-not only in courts, police stations, and prisons, but also in rural organizations, indigenous communities, and families.
By bringing new interdisciplinary perspectives to issues such as the quality of citizenship and the rule of law in present-day Mexico, this book raises important issues for research on the relationship between law and gender more widely.
About the Author
Helga Baitenmann is an associate fellow of the Institute of the Study of the Americas, University of London.
Victoria Chenaut is a research professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologa Social, Mexico.
Ann Varley is a reader in Geography at University College London.