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Pain: Gloria AnzaldÚA's Challenge to “Women's Health”

Suzanne Bost

in Encarnacion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230846
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241101 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823230846.003.0003
Pain: Gloria AnzaldÚA's Challenge to “Women's Health”

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This analysis started after “Pain,” rereads Gloria Anzaldúa's work in the wake of her death and puts diabetes at the center of her theories of mestiza consciousness, the Coatclicue State, and radical feminist spirituality. The analysis is all about Anzaldúa's wide and varied critical reception, her works, maligned as untrue to history, and cited as both essentialist and postmodern, nationalist and global. This majorly explains many of the counterintuitive and inflammatory insights of Borderlands in 1987. After the analyses about the Aztec and Catholic contexts that allowed her to accept her own pain as a productive, regenerative sensation, it is concluded with a section that follows her risky proposal in her last essay, “now let us shift” in 2002, to bridge spirituality and feeling with theory and politics.

Keywords: Gloria Anzaldúa; diabetes; mestiza; Coatclicue State; feminist; Borderlands; spirituality; pain

Chapter.  15430 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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