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With her machete in her hand [electronic resource] : reading Chicana lesbians / by Catrióna Rueda Esquibel.

Author/Creator:
Esquibel, Catrióna Rueda, 1965-
Publication:
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (264 p.)
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
Chicana matters series.
Chicana matters series
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Subjects:
Lesbians' writings, American -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Mexican American authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Mexican American lesbians -- Intellectual life.
Mexican American women -- Intellectual life.
Women and literature -- United States.
Mexican American women in literature.
Mexican Americans in literature.
Lesbians in literature.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
With the 1981 publication of the groundbreaking anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa 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. Catriona 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 Ines 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 Anzaldúa, 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.
Contents:
Chicana lesbian fictions
The mystery of the weeping woman
Black velvet fantasies : "the" Aztec princess in the chicana/o
Sexual imagination
Sor Juana and the search for (queer) cultural heroes
Memories of girlhood : chicana lesbian fictions
Shameless histories : talking race/talking sex
Queer for the revolution : the representation of politics and the politics of representation
With her machete in her hand.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-242) and index.
ISBN:
0-292-79625-0
OCLC:
657193711