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Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity

ISBN 9781138393769
Published May 27, 2019 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity is an exploration of Latinas on the periphery of both Latina culture and mainstream culture in the United States. Whether they are deliberately rejected or whether they choose to reject sexist, classist, or racist practices within their cultures, the subjects of these articles, essays, short fiction, poems, testimonios, and visual art demonstrate the value of their experience. Ultimately, the outsider experience influences what the larger culture adopts, demonstrating that a different perspective is key to remaking Latina identity. Outside perspectives include those of queer, indigenous, Afro-Latina, activist, and differently-abled individuals.

By challenging stereotypes and revealing the diverse range of narratives that make up the Latina experience, Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity will expand and deepen notions of the Latina identity for students and researchers of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Grisel Y. Acosta

I. Ideology and Class

1. Punks and Hipsters: Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity, Grisel Y. Acosta

2. "The child is bewitched": Syncretism and Self-Making in Cristina García's Dreaming in Cuban, Alexander Lalama

3. Coritos for Las de Afuera, Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

4. The Journey of a Sexy Nerd—Antes Muerte Que Sencilla, Connie Pertuz-Meza

5. Just for Standing Out, Toni Margarita Plummer

6. Activism is Not a Phase: Testimonio of a Radical Xicana PhD, Irene M. Sánchez

7. Playing Chola: The Discourse of Subjects and Subject-Selves, Veronica Sandoval

8. Caravan, Grisel Y. Acosta

9. Ruidosas to the Front: Alice Bag and the Construction of Violence Girl, Sarah Dowman

II. Gender/Sexuality

10. Loving Latinas: When Questioning Sexuality Means Questioning Latinidad, Sarah Paruolo

11. Returning to the Bronx: Gender, the Outsider Perspective, and Utopia in Juliet Takes a Breath,  Grisel Y. Acosta

12. Separación, Luis Lopez-Maldonado

13. Catcalls to My Brain, Nancy Mercado

14. Between and Beyond the Mediated and the Material in Teatro Luna’s Generation Sex, Melissa Huerta

15. Permission, Stephanie Jimenez

16. Excerpt from Ch. 6 of The Lunasole Class, Stephanie Laterza

17. Parts of an Autobiography, Carmen Giménez Smith

18. Every woman keeps a flame against the wind, Kristen Millares Young

III. Race/Ethnicity

19. Dear Barbara T. y Gloria E.: Found Autoethnographic Letters to Blacktina nepantla crobats, Monique Guishard

20. Haciendo Caras: The Alter-Native Illuminations of Laura Varela and Vaago Weiland’s Enlight-Tent, Cathryn Merla-Watson

21. Living On the Threshold: A Latina English Professor, M. Soledad Caballero

22. My English Victorian Dating Troubles, Analicia Sotelo

23. What was the passion fruit named before the Europeans renamed it?,  Aline Mello

24. Inlaws, Outlaws," Anna Padilla-Davis

25. Yo Soy Boricua Feminista, Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas!: Notes from a Diasporican on Performing Outsider Identity, Jessica Pabón-Colón

IV. Disability

26. Latina Liberation: A Conversation of Soul, Sacred Well-Being and Community, Gloria Rodriguez

27. Pa’Que Sepan, Vanessa Alviso

28. The Symbology of the Derailed Mind, Angela Melissa Gonzalez-Gartelman

29. Poison and Monsters, Jiovanna L. Pérez

30. Stroke, Nova Gutierrez

31. You Either See Me or You Don’t, Joanmaris Cuello

V. Loneliness, Solitude, and the Unspeakable

32. My Mother as the Voice of Frida Kahlo, Analicia Sotelo

33. Sounding La Raza Cósmica, Veronica Salinas

34. Why a Girl Becomes a Hardcore Chica, Grisel Y. Acosta

35. Dropping Dimes, Diana Díaz

36. Good Enough, Nancy Méndez-Booth

37. Tracing Elaine Summer’s Dance and Performance Lineage: Performance Notes, Jane Gabriels

38. Belonging, Chaos, Blood, and Tissues: Assumptions about Latina Writers in Academia, Naida Saavedra

39. Write Like a Girl, Claudia Rodriguez

40. Conclusion, Grisel Y. Acosta

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Grisel Y. Acosta is an associate professor at the City University of New York—Bronx Community College, and teaches Latinx literature and creative writing. Her work is in the American Studies Journal, African American Women’s Language, The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature (2013), and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

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Associate Professor, City University of New York-BCC
Bronx, New York, United States of America

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