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Aldama, Arturo J. “Toward a Hermeneutics of Decolonization: Reading Radical Subjectivities in Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa.” In Disrupting Savagism: Intersecting Chicana/o, Mexican Immigrant, and Native American Struggles for Self-Representation, pp. 95-128. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2001.

Contends that Borderlands/La Frontera implements a “radical hermeneutics...

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Aldama, Arturo J. “Toward a Hermeneutics of Decolonization: Reading Radical Subjectivities in Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa.” In Disrupting Savagism: Intersecting Chicana/o, Mexican Immigrant, and Native American Struggles for Self-Representation, pp. 95-128. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2001.

Contends that Borderlands/La Frontera implements a “radical hermeneutics of antisexist decolonial autohistoriateoría.

Anzaldúa, Gloria, and Karin Rosa Ikas. “Gloria Anzaldúa: Writer, Editor, Critic, and Third-World Lesbian Women-of-Color Feminist.” In Chicana Ways: Conversations with Ten Chicana Writers, pp. 1-24. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2002.

Anzaldúa discusses her childhood, the response to her work, and her creative process.

Anzaldúa, Gloria, and AnaLouise Keating. “Writing, Politics, and las Lesberadas: Platicando con Gloria Anzaldúa.” Frontiers 14, no. 1 (1993): 105-30.

Interview in which Anzaldúa reflects on reactions to her work, the concept of cultural unity, and the role of spirituality in her life.

Anzaldúa, Gloria, and Andrea A. Lunsford. “Toward a Mestiza Rhetoric: Gloria Anzaldúa on Composition and Postcoloniality.” In Race, Rhetoric and the Postcolonial, edited by Gary A. Olson and Lynn Worsham, pp. 43-78. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Anzaldúa discusses her background, postcolonial issues of identity, and her use of language.

Brady, Mary Pat. “Intermarginalia: Chicano/a Spatiality and Sexuality in the Work of Gloria Anzaldúa.” In Extinct Lands, Temporal Geographies: Chicana Literature and the Urgency of Space, pp. 83-110. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2002.

Examines the “interplay between space and desire” in Borderlands/La Frontera.

Calderón, Héctor. “Texas Border Literature: Cultural Transformation and Historical Reflection in the Works of Américo Paredes, Rolando Hinojosa and Gloria Anzaldúa.” Dispositio 16, no. 41 (1991): 13-27.

Traces the historical and cultural transformations undergone by those living on the Texas-Mexican border from the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century through the work of Americo Paredes, Rolando Hinojosa, and Gloria Anzaldúa.

Concannon, Kevin. “The Contemporary Space of the Border: Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands and William Gibson's Neuromancer.Textual Practice 12, no. 3 (winter 1998): 429-42.

Compares the definition of border in Borderlands/La Frontera and William Gibson's Neuromancer.

Dávila, Luis. “Gloria Anzaldúa and Octavio Paz: The Borderlands Redux.” Indiana Journal of Hispanic Literatures 12 (spring 1998): 51-7.

Unfavorably compares Octavio Paz's discussion of the borderlands to that of Gloria Anzaldúa and other Chicano writers.

Foss, Karen A., Sonja D. Foss, and Cindy L. Griffin. “Gloria Anzaldúa.” In Feminist Rhetorical Theories, pp. 101-28. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1999.

Elucidates the defining characteristics of Anzaldúa's work.

Freedman, Diane P. “Writing in the Borderlands: The Poetic Prose of Gloria Anzaldúa and Susan Griffin.” In Constructing and Reconstructing Gender: The Links among Communication, Language, and Gender, edited by Linda A. M. Perry, Lynn H. Turner, and Helen M. Sterk, pp. 211-17. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992.

Finds parallels between Borderlands/La Frontera and Susan Griffin's Made from This Earth.

Hall, Lynda. “Writing Selves Home at the Crossroads: Anzaldúa and Chrystos (Re)Configure Lesbian Bodies.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 30, no. 2 (April 1999): 99-117.

Considers the quest for a metaphorical “home” in the work of Anzaldúa and Chrystos.

———. “Lorde, Anzaldúa, and Tropicana Performatively Embody the Written Self.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 15, no. 1 (summer 2000): 96-122.

Discusses the role of self-identity in the works of Anzaldúa, Audre Lorde, and Carmelita Tropicana.

Hedley, Jane. “Nepantilist Poetics: Narrative and Cultural Identity in the Mixed-Language Writings of Irena Klepfisz and Gloria Anzaldúa.” Narrative 4, no. 1 (January 1996): 36-54.

Investigates the influence of Anzaldúa's writing on the poetry of Irene Klepfisz.

de Hernandez, Jennifer Browdy. “The Plural Self: The Politicization of Memory and Form in Three American Ethnic Autobiographies.” Memory and Cultural Politics: New Approaches to American Ethnic Literatures (1996): 41-59.

Considers Borderlands/La Frontera, N. Scott Momaday's The Names, and Audre Lorde's Zami: A New Spelling of My Name as “communo-biographies.”

———. “Mothering the Self: Writing through the Lesbian Sublime in Audre Lorde's Zami and Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera.” In Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color, edited by Sandra Kumamoto Stanley, pp. 244-62. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998.

Asserts that Borderlands/La Frontera and Audre Lorde's Zami: A New Spelling of My Name are subversive forms of traditional autobiographies.

Keating, AnaLouise. “Myth Smashers, Myth Makers: (Re)Visionary Techniques in the Works of Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Audre Lorde.” Journal of Homosexuality 26, nos. 2-3 (1993): 73-95.

Analyzes the revisionist mythmaking strategies utilized by Anzaldúa, Paula Gunn Allen, and Audre Lorde.

———. “Writing the Body/Writing the Soul: Gloria Anzaldúa Mestizaje Écriture.” In Women Reading Women Writing: Self-Invention in Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Audre Lorde, pp. 118-44. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996.

Constructs a dialogue between Anzaldúa and the French critic Hélène Cixous regarding the relationship between the female body and women's writing.

———, ed. Interviews=Entrevistas/Gloria Anzaldúa, New York: Routledge, 2000, 306 p.

Collection of interviews with Anzaldúa.

Perry, Yaakov. “The Homecoming Queen: The Reconstruction of Home in Queer Life-Narratives.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 15, no. 2 (winter 2000): 193-22.

Addresses the concept of home in Borderlands/La Frontera, Mark Doty's Heaven's Coast, and Minnie Bruce Pratt's S/HE.

Raiskin, Judith. “Inverts and Hybrids: Lesbian Rewritings of Sexual and Racial Identities.” In The Lesbian Postmodern, edited by Laura Doan, pp. 156-71. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Maintains that Anzaldúa and Michelle Cliff, as lesbian writers writing about the borderlands, “offer complex postmodern challenges to modern identity categories of sexuality, race, and nationhood, categories that are based on conceptions of biology and heredity from the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.”

Ramírez, Catherine S. “Cyborg Feminism: The Science Fiction of Octavia E. Butler and Gloria Anzaldúa.” In Reload: Rethinking Women and Cyberculture, edited by Mary Flanagan and Austin Booth, pp. 374-402. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2002.

Regards the figure of the cyborg as central to Borderlands/La Frontera and Octavia E. Butler's Wild Seed and Parable of the Sower.

Smith, Sidonie. “The Autobiographical Manifesto: Identities, Temporalities, Politics.” In Autobiography and Questions of Gender, edited by Shirley Neuman, pp. 186-212. London: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd., 1991.

Provides an overview of Borderlands/La Frontera.

Steele, Cassie Premo. We Heal from Memory: Sexton, Lorde, Anzaldúa and the Poetry of Witness, New York: Palgrave, 2000, 221 p.

Full-length study of the work of Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde, and Anzaldúa.

Stephenson, Marcia. “Inscribing Gynetics in the Bolivian Andes.” In Chicana Feminisms, edited by Gabriela F. Arredondo, Aída Hurtado, Norma Klahn, Olga Nájera-Ramírez, and Patricia Zavella, pp. 370-75. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2003.

Responds to Norma Alarcón's essay on Anzaldúa.

Torres, Lourdes. “The Construction of the Self in U.S. Latina Autobiographies.” In Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism, edited by Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Ann Russo, and Lourdes Torres, pp. 271-87. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.

Considers several autobiographies by Latina authors, including Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera, to be revolutionary and subversive on several different levels.

———, and Immaculada Pertusa, eds. Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003, 279 p.

Collection of essays on Hispanic lesbian authors, including Anzaldúa.

Wright, Melissa. “Maquiladora Mestizas and a Feminist Border Politics: Revisiting Anzaldúa.” Hypatia 13, no. 3 (summer 1998): 114-31.

Cites the emergence of the upwardly mobile mestiza as a challenge to Anzaldúa's theory of “mestiza consciousness.”

Additional coverage of Anzaldúa's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 175, 227; Contemporary Southern Writers; Contemporary Women Poets; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 122; Feminist Writers; Hispanic Literature Criticism Supplement, Ed. 1; Latino and Latina Writers, Vol. 1; Literature Resource Center; and Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4.

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