Gloria Anzaldúa - La Frontera/Borderlands (1987) - Coggle Diagram
Gloria Anzaldúa - La Frontera/Borderlands (1987)
What was it like to read through these selections?
relatable: Como te gusta la mala vida" " 16)
seeing histories of parents and grandparents--models the type of multi-lingual practices in families
Brandie in chat: "The fact that it can be easier to relate to as well rather than solely focusing on English. It's mind opening because the whole idea of English being the main language is absurd when there are so many languages and cultures out there."
calls attention to language barriers / assumptions about language communities / questions of heritage
"i was the first in six generations to leave the Valley" (16) -- calls attention to lived experiences of migration, living, and traveling esp for college; we have sympathies/empathies
What are some of the problems that La Frontera is thinking?
What do we call this type of text? It's a little "Tex-Mex": it's normal, not weird, it's modeling the critique on the level of form
"culture" seems to overdetermine gender roles: "educated or not, the onus is till on women to be a wife, a mother [...] women are made to feel like total failures" (pg 17) -- the legacies of culture and generational opportunities
outside of 3 paths (nun, mother, sex worker), we have "education" and "self-autonomous person" (17). We're thinking about the pressures of culture and the fears of going home
Homophobia and the fear of coming home: queerness/lesbian identity as a way to complicate cultural, racial, and ethnic histories
ways of resisting or responding to culutral histories
"Shadow-beast" on pg 20
"We try to make ourselves conscious of the Shadow-Beast"
"Like a shadow, it's always there but people try to ignore it. But it's something that we cannot get away from as it's us- our shadow- whether society approves or not"
It's about breaking out of culutral norms--Catholic "supposed to"
supernatural elements: aliens, superhumans, the divine, "shaman", multiple symbolic influences--it's about histories of acceptability, order, and punishment and reclaiming these
Macho/machismo pg 105: being strong enough to protect fam, but strong enough to show love; "coexisting with the sexist behavior is the love of the mother. Devoted sin, macho pig" (105). The gestures to substance abuse.
thinks about the realization nd recognition and internalized violence about machismo/masculiniyt
La Mestiza: "a tolerance for contradictions and a tolerance for ambiguity" (101)-- mestiza is a way of undoing cultural stigmas of binaries (binary genders?)