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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Anzaldua, a Chicana native of Texas, explores in prose and poetry the murky, precarious existence of those living on the frontier between cultures and languages. Writing in a lyrical mixture of Spanish and English that is her unique heritage, she meditates on the condition of Chicanos in Anglo culture, women in Hispanic culture, and lesbians in the straight world.
Her essa Anzaldua, a Chicana native of Texas, explores in prose and poetry the murky, precarious existence of those living on the frontier between cultures and languages. Her essays and poems range over broad territory, moving from the plight of undocumented migrant workers to memories of her grandmother, from Aztec religion to the agony of writing.
Anzaldua is a rebellious and willful talent who recognizes that life on the border, "life in the shadows," is vital territory for both literature and civilization. Venting her anger on all oppressors of people who are culturally or sexually different, the author has produced a powerful document that belongs in all collections with emphasis on Hispanic American or feminist issues.
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Caleb Definitely! There's some dense stuff, and some deeply spiritual stuff that may not be the direction you are trying to go or maybe it is! But in any …more Definitely! But in any case the relationship with language, history, and political realities in the present is worth teaching! Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I read this for my Chicana literature course and it is by far the touchstone of Chicana studies. Her poetry is political but highly readable and perfectly complements the essays in this collection. Oct 31, Mona Kareem added it Shelves: favorites. Males make the rules and laws; women transmit them. There is a certain point that i find revolutionary and inspiring to me in this text.
Before coming to the US, I have never met the white other and felt much comfortable criticizing and confronting the sexism, racism, and homophobia of my own culture. It turns into some Islamophobic material. Navigating our positions between two axes of oppression is a very difficult task that might be presented in a text like Borderlands, but does not seem feasible to me in everyday life.
In Borderlands, Anzaldua sets up the path with her first chapter detailing a history of violence practiced by the white man against her people. Oh well. View all 17 comments. Shelves: gender-sexuality , race-and-racism , poetry , place , auto-biography , globalization-and-borders. Gorgeous writing, crafting a way of seeing, experiencing, being in the world. Identity politics at its most rooted and important. This first part devolves a little into esoteric musings I couldn't always grasp; reading, listening, but acknowledging that I didn't understand.
But the whole time the writing pulses with an urgency and a declaration to take it in as written-- the book doesn't ask readers to understand, it asks readers, particularly those whose identities root them in one or another side of any number of borders, to hear and listen and pay attention to their ignorance. What does it mean to feel destabilized, insecure, uncomprehending within the culture of a text?
What does it mean to navigate these social and cultural geographies? This book just feels significant, like learning a lesson. The second half is poetry, and evoked opposite feelings. Clear, sharp, crystal poetry. View 2 comments. Feb 14, a. View 1 comment.
Mar 15, Sumayyah rated it it was amazing. Some passages that resound: A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. The world is not a safe place to live in. We shiver in separate cells in enclosed cities, shoulders hunched, barely keeping the panic below the surface of the skin, daily drinking shock along with our morning coffee, fearing the torches being set to our buildings, the attacks in the streets.
Shutting down. Woman does not feel safe when her own culture, and white culture, are critical of her; when the males of all races hunt her as prey. Institutionalized religion fears trafficking with the spirit world and stigmatizes it as witchcraft. It has strict taboos against this kind of inner knowledge. It fears what Jung calls the Shadow, the unsavory aspects of ourselves. But even more it fears the supra-human, the god in ourselves.
Those who are pushed out of the tribe for being different are likely to become more sensitized when not brutalized into insensitivity. Those who do not feel psychologically or physically safe in the world are more apt to develop this sense. Those who are pounced on the most have it the strongest — the females, the homosexuals of all races, the darkskinned, the outcast, the persecuted, the marginalized, the foreign.
I remember being caught speaking Spanish at recess — that was good for three licks on the knuckles with a sharp ruler. Until I can take pride in my language, I cannot take pride in myself.
Its opposite is to be un macho. Get it, read it. This book appeals to me on an anthropological level it brought back a lot of memories of my cultural anthropology classes. The author, however, goes above and beyond to explain defend? This type of writing is neither unique nor unexpected, so the author's attitude doesn't bother or surprise me.
Studying anthropology has definitely made me aware of the pitfalls of ethnocentrism as well as the joys of l This book appeals to me on an anthropological level it brought back a lot of memories of my cultural anthropology classes. Studying anthropology has definitely made me aware of the pitfalls of ethnocentrism as well as the joys of learning about other cultures. The author does heavily sprinkle Spanish into this work, which can be intimidating if the reader is completely unfamiliar with that language could be off-putting or alienating for some.
A great thing this book offers is an insider's view of a rich and beautiful culture. Apr 20, Sara Salem rated it really liked it. This book is one of the classics in feminist decolonial theory. I could relate to what she says about mixed races and borders and identity. But somehow I found it difficult to agree with her on culture.
Blanket generalizations about culture being bad never sit well with me since we are never outside of culture, and so presumably good and bad both come from culture. Jul 19, Miguel rated it it was amazing. It's hard to "review" something this good, this special, this singular. It also seems unnecessary. After all, this is a germinal, oft referenced, essential book for reasons that quickly become self-evident after opening its pages.
But I can offer a sentence or two, despite sounding like ad copy. This is a text about a new way of life that involves accepted the repressed and rejected, and a cessation of the cycle of repression and rejection. It is a text about living with contradiction, paradox, and ambiguity. Despojando, desgranando, quitando paja. Just what did she inherit from her ancestors?
Must Reads: Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa
According to the common understanding, a liminal state is supposed to be one we use to pass from one phase to the next. But what happens when that liminal state is a permanent residence? Although Anzaldua passed away in , her ideas may be even more relevant today. As an American-born Chicana, Anzaldua explores the contradictions and challenges of being considered neither one nor the other. She notes often in her writing that this Otherness is socially and culturally — and sometimes — infrastructurally constructed.
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Borderlands is a semi-autobiographical account that contains a mixture of prose and poetry. El otro Mexico que aca hemos construido, el espacio es lo que ha sido territorio nacional. Este el efuerzo de todos nuestros hermanos y latinoamericanos que han sabido progressar. The other Mexico that we have constructed, the space is what has become national territory. This is the work of all our brothers and Latin Americans who have known how to progress. Esos movimientos de rebeldia que tenemos en la sangre nosotros los mexicanos surgen como rios desbocanados en mis venas.
Embracing the Border: Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera
We are your linguistic nightmare, your linguistic aberration, your linguistic mestizaje , the subject of your burla. Because we speak with tongues of fire we are culturally crucified. Chicanas who grew up speaking Chicano Spanish have internalized the belief that we speak poor Spanish. It is illegitimate, a bastard language. And because we internalize how our language has been used against us by the dominant culture, we use our language differences against each other.
Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Today it is my theoretical bible, the text that I turn to first whenever I need to work out a problem in my writing or just to seek solace and resistance in the face of so many physical and psychological attacks on immigrants and people of color post-election. It also privileges ever-changing kinds of physical embodiment and multiple sexualities as modes of resistance in patriarchal cultures. But this inability to fully belong is not a state of despair and abjection — far from it. Rather, it is a productive state that signals agency and adaptability even as it honors the pain that comes with embodying contradiction. She learns to be an Indian in Mexican culture, to be Mexican from an Anglo point of view.