1st Edition

Chicana Without Apology The New Chicana Cultural Studies

By Eden E. Torres Copyright 2003
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    By approaching Chicana/o issues from the frames of feminism, social activism, and cultural studies, and by considering both lived experience and the latest research, Torres offers a more comprehensive understanding of current Chicana life. Through compelling prose, Torres masterfully weaves her own story as a first-generation Mexican American with interviews with activists and other Mexican-American women to document the present fight for social justice and the struggles of living between two worlds.

    Introduction: No hay tiempo ni espacio para llorarThere Is Neither Time Nor Space To CryChapter One: Anguished Past, Troubled PresentThe Savagery and Promise of Traumatic MemoryChapter Two: Rich in Culture, Low on CapitalCultural Studies and the Global EconomyChapter Three: Wisdom and WeaknessFreire and EducationChapter Four: Desire on the LineSexual Transgression and the Border as Grand MetaphorsChapter Five: The Virtues of ConflictChallenging Dominant Culture and White Feminist TheoryChapter Six: Donde hay amor, hay dolorWhere There is Love, There is PainNotesBibliographyIndex


    Edén E. Torres is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota.

    "In this intelligent and eloquent book, Edén Torres asks and answers hard questions about the impressive legacy and enduring relevance of Chicana cultural studies." -- George Lipsitz, author of American Studies in a Moment of Danger
    "Edén Torres is a bold, astute storyteller who makes conscious links between global politics and Chicana feminism. By challenging conventional notions of multiculturalism, internalized dominance, and imperialism, she provides an exceptional cultural critique that promises to be a fundamental text in many classrooms and communities." -- Emma Perez, author of The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas Into History
    "Chicana Without Apology is a powerful book that hooks you with a sharp critical edge while making corazon-felt connections. Torres approaches emotional suffering from a sociohistorical perspective, but she's not afraid to put herself in the theory. Her poignant and concrete exploration of wounds, cumulative losses, unresolved grieving, and historical trauma--the legacy of colonization--enables a reshaping of collective memory, making this a definitive text in Raza Studies, and a must read for all teachers, scholars, and activistas. Orale, Eden." -- Gloria E. Anzaldua, author of Borderlands/La Frontera