With Her Machete in Her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians (Chicana Matters)

By | November 20, 2017
With Her Machete in Her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians (Chicana Matters) Author Catriona Rueda Esquibel
ISBN-10 0292712758
ISBN-13 9780292712751
Year 2006-01-02
Pages 263
Language English
Publisher University of Texas Press
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With the 1981 publication of the groundbreaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back Writings by Radical Women of Color Cherre Moraga and Gloria Anzalda ushered in an era of Chicana lesbian writing But while these two writers have achieved iconic status observers of the Chicana o experience have been slow to perceive the existence of a whole communitylesbian and straight male as well as femalewho write about the Chicana lesbian experience To create a first full map of that community this book explores a wide range of plays novels and short stories by Chicana o authors that depict lesbian characters or lesbian desire Catrina Rueda Esquibel starts from the premise that Chicana o communities theories and feminisms cannot be fully understood without taking account of the perspectives and experiences of Chicana lesbians To open up these perspectives she engages in close readings of works centered around the following themes La Llorona the Aztec Princess Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz girlhood friendships rural communities and history and Chicana activism Her investigation broadens the community of Chicana lesbian writers well beyond Moraga and Anzalda while it also demonstrates that the histories of Chicana lesbians have had to be written in works of fiction because these women have been marginalized and excluded in canonical writings on Chicano life and experience

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