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Winter 2010


Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s work makes up one of the many Chican@ works that contribute another history, a history repressed by the national discourses on both sides of the border. Influenced by antecedents of U.S. Hispanic Literature who superposed “official” history with another history, Chicano activists had already enacted a retrieval of pre-conquest histories to revive their people’s historical consciousness. As Saldívar-Hull states in “Mestiza Consciousness and Politics: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/ La frontera,” the publication of Borderlands/ La Frontera distinguished itself from the Chicano movement’s as it unveiled the curtain that hid the Aztec goddesses and kept aspects of pre-conquest history behind a cloud of blood sacrifices and military power (60). In the continuum of the foundational period to today’s transnational era of the Chican@ movement, Anzaldúa’s reflections on sexuality and race stand in the latter part of the continuum. The transnational period opens a global dialogue, unfolding the Chicano Civil Right’s movement’s constricting walls of protest, and advocates another solidarity. In her borderland, Gloria questioned even the margins’ borders.


This work was originally published in Confluencia, Vol. 26, No. 1.



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