Feeling Pre-columbian: Chicana Feminists' Imaginative Historiography

Suzanne Bost

in Encarnacion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230846
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241101 | DOI:
Feeling Pre-columbian: Chicana Feminists' Imaginative Historiography

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The “Feeling Pre-Columbian” serves as a respond to Elaine Scarry's often quoted assertion that pain is world-destroying, where an argument has been made to say that pain opens up new perceptions of the relationships between one's body and the world around it. Different insights from different people concerned with literature were used to defend this argument that gave multiple historical references that enables today's dominant culture to move outside. In particular, the indigenous Mesoamerican traditions invoke center on public displays of body manipulation. Unlike their predecessors of the Chicano movimiento, who adopted the Aztec warrior as an icon to strengthen Chicano nationalism, Anzaldúa, Moraga, and Castillo worship goddesses, saints, artists, and AIDS victims who represent shape-shifting and openness rather than defended bodily boundaries.

Keywords: Feeling Pre-Columbian; Elaine Scarry; Chicana Feminists; Mesoamerican; Aztec warrior; body manipulation; Chicano; Anzaldúa; Moraga; Castillo

Chapter.  18281 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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