With Her Machete in Her Hand

With Her Machete in Her Hand

Reading Chicana Lesbians

Book - 2006
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With the 1981 publication of the groundbreaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Cherr#65533;e Moraga and Gloria Anzald#65533;a 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 community--lesbian and straight, male as well as female--who 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.

Catri#65533;na 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 In#65533;s 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 Anzald#65533;a, 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.

Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780292712751
Call Number: 810.992 Es68w
Characteristics: xvi, 245 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Esquibel's anthology explores lesbians and lesbian desire in Chicana/o literature, from Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz to girlhood crushes, the works of Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, and beyond.

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