Bridging: How Gloria AnzaldĂșa’s Life and Work Transformed Our Own

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Bridging: How Gloria AnzaldĂșa’s Life and Work Transformed Our Own

University of Texas Press
April 2011
292 pages
6 x 9 in., 6 b&w photos

Edited by:

AnaLouise Keating, Professor of Women’s Studies
Texas Woman’s University

Gloria GonzĂĄlez-LĂłpez, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Faculty Associate
Center for Mexican American Studies
Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
University of Texas, Austin

The inspirational writings of cultural theorist and social justice activist Gloria AnzaldĂșa have empowered generations of women and men throughout the world. Charting the multiplicity of AnzaldĂșa’s impact within and beyond academic disciplines, community trenches, and international borders, Bridging presents more than thirty reflections on her work and her life, examining vibrant facets in surprising new ways and inviting readers to engage with these intimate, heartfelt contributions.

Bridging is divided into five sections: The New Mestizas: “transitions and transformations”; Exposing the Wounds: “You gave me permission to fly in the dark”; Border Crossings: Inner Struggles, Outer Change; Bridging Theories: Intellectual Activism with/in Borders; and “Todas somos nos/otras”: Toward a “politics of openness.” Contributors, who include Norma Elia CantĂș, Elisa Facio, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, AĂ­da Hurtado, Andrea Lunsford, Denise Segura, Gloria Steinem, and Mohammad Tamdgidi, represent a broad range of generations, professions, academic disciplines, and national backgrounds. Critically engaging with AnzaldĂșa’s theories and building on her work, they use virtual diaries, transformational theory, poetry, empirical research, autobiographical narrative, and other genres to creatively explore and boldly enact future directions for AnzaldĂșan studies.

A book whose form and content reflect AnzaldĂșa’s diverse audience, Bridging perpetuates AnzaldĂșa’s spirit through groundbreaking praxis and visionary insights into culture, gender, sexuality, religion, aesthetics, and politics. This is a collection whose span is as broad and dazzling as AnzaldĂșa herself.

Table of Conents

  • Con profunda gratitud
  • Building Bridges, Transforming Loss, Shaping New Dialogues: AnzaldĂșan Studies for the Twenty-First Century (AnaLouise Keating and Gloria GonzĂĄlez-LĂłpez)
  • I. The New Mestizas: “transitions and transformations”
    • 1. Bridges of conocimiento: Una conversaciĂłn con Gloria AnzaldĂșa (Lorena M. P. Gajardo)
    • 2. A Letter to Gloria AnzaldĂșa Written from 30, Feet and 25 Years after Her “Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd-World Women Writers” (ariel robello)
    • 3. Deconstructing the Immigrant Self: The Day I Discovered I Am a Latina (AnahĂ­ Viladrich)
    • 4. My Path of Conocimiento: How Graduate School Transformed Me into a Nepantlera (Jessica Heredia)
    • 5. Aprendiendo a Vivir/Aprendiendo a Morir (Norma Elia CantĂș)
    • 6. Making Face, Rompiendo Barreras: The Activist Legacy of Gloria E. AnzaldĂșa (AĂ­da Hurtado)
  • II. Exposing the Wounds: “You gave me permission to fly into the dark”
    • 7. AnzaldĂșa, Maestra (SebastiĂĄn JosĂ© ColĂłn-Otero)
    • 8. “May We Do Work That Matters”: Bridging Gloria AnzaldĂșa across Borders (Claire Joysmith)
    • 9. A Call to Action: Spiritual Activism . . . an Inevitable Unfolding (Karina L. CĂ©spedes)
    • 10. Gloria AnzaldĂșa and the Meaning of Queer (HĂ©ctor DomĂ­nguez-Ruvalcaba)
    • 11. Breaking Our Chains: Achieving Nos/otras Consciousness (Lei Zhang)
    • 12. Conocimiento and Healing: Academic Wounds, Survival, and Tenure (Gloria GonzĂĄlez-LĂłpez)
  • III. Border Crossings: Inner Struggles, Outer Change
    • 13. Letters from Nepantla: Writing through the Responsibilities and Implications of the AnzaldĂșan Legacy (Michelle Kleisath)
    • 14. Challenging Oppressive Educational Practices: Gloria AnzaldĂșa on My Mind, in My Spirit (Betsy Eudey)
    • 15. Living Transculturation: Confessions of a Santero Sociologist (Glenn Jacobs)
    • 16. AcercĂĄndose a Gloria AnzaldĂșa to Attempt Community (Paola Zaccaria)
    • 17. Learning to Live Together: Bridging Communities, Bridging Worlds (Shelley Fisher Fishkin)
    • 18. Risking the Vision, Transforming the Divides: Nepantlera Perspectives on Academic Boundaries, Identities, and Lives (AnaLouise Keating)
  • IV. Bridging Theories: Intellectual Activism with/in Borders
    • 19. “To live in the borderlands means you” (Mariana Ortega)
    • 20. A Modo de Testimoniar: Borderlands, Papeles, and U.S. Academia (Esther Cuesta)
    • 21. On Borderlands and Bridges: An Inquiry into Gloria AnzaldĂșa’s Methodology (Jorge Capetillo-Ponce)
    • 22. For Gloria, Para Mi (Mary Catherine Loving)
    • 23. Chicana Feminist Sociology in the Borderlands (Elisa Facio and Denise A. Segura)
    • 24. Embracing Borderlands: Gloria AnzaldĂșa and Writing Studies (Andrea A. Lunsford)
  • V. Todas Somos Nos/otras: Toward a “Politics of Openness”
    • 25. Hurting, Believing, and Changing the World: My Faith in Gloria AnzaldĂșa (Suzanne Bost)
    • 26. Feels Like “Carving Bone”: (Re)Creating the Activist-Self, (Re)Articulating Transnational Journeys, while Sifting through AnzaldĂșan Thought (Kavitha Koshy)
    • 27. Shifting (Kelli Zaytoun)
    • 28. “Darkness, My Night”: The Philosophical Challenge of Gloria AnzaldĂșa’s Aesthetics of the Shadow (MarĂ­a DeGuzmĂĄn)
    • 29. The Simultaneity of Self- and Global Transformations: Bridging with AnzaldĂșa’s Liberating Vision (Mohammad H. Tamdgidi)
    • 30. For Gloria AnzaldĂșa . . . Who Left Us Too Soon (Gloria Steinem)
    • 31. She Eagle: For Gloria AnzaldĂșa (Gloria Steinem)
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Works Cited
  • Published Writings by Gloria E. AnzaldĂșa
  • Contributors’ Biographies
  • Index
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