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This Bridge We Call Home


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Preface (Un)Natural Bridges, (Un)Safe Spaces Gloria E. Anzaldua Charting Pathways, Marking Thresholds A Warning, An Introduction by AnaLouseKeating Foreward AFTERBRIDGE: Technologies of Crossing by Chela Sandoval i. 'looking for my own bridge to get over'exploring the impact ii. 'still struggling with the boxes people put me in'resisting the labels iii. 'locking arms in the master's house'omissions, revisions, new issues iv. 'a place at the table'surviving the battles, shaping our worlds v. 'shouldering more identity than we can bear'seeking allies in academe vi. 'yo soy tu otro yo - I am your other I' forging common ground vii. 'I am the pivot for transformation' enacting the vision Works Cited Contributors Biographies Editors Biographies Index

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Gloria E. Anzaldua is a self-described tejana patlache (queer) nepantlera spiritual activist and has played a pivotal role in defining U.S. feminisms, Chicano/a issues, ethnic studies, and queer theory. Her book Borderlands/La frontera: The New Mestiza was selected as one of the 100 best books of the century by Hungry Mind Review and the Utne Reader. AnaLouise Keating is a nepantlera, spiritual activist, and associate professor of Women's Studies at Texas Women's University. She is the author of Women Reading Women Writing and has published articles on critical "race" theory, queer theory, and Latina and African American women writers.


"Reading "this bridge we call home, which has more than 80 contributors, is like attending a late-night party with every noteworthy activist, professor, and artist you've ever met. The lives out its subtitle; it's hard to walk away from reading it without feeling changed."
-"Bitch, Winter 2003
"Readers interested in feminism and multiculturalism will appreciate the variety of contributors and viewpoints."
-"Booklist, September 15, 2002
""this bridge we call home is a book that, like its predecessor, turns our ideas upside down, revisits the battlegrounds of identity politics, and pushes us to ask hard questions about ourselves and our communities....Anzaldua and Keating have created a daring collection."
-Daisy Hernandez, coeditor, "Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism
"From shouldering the traumas and dramas of life in the most powerful country in the world, the U.S., toward the creation of a different world--a sort of us/then and us/now--"this bridge we call home is a step in gathering up and documenting our best thoughts about collected, difficult experiences. Diversity, difference, underlying pain, and gain, are revealed, spoken, and still, as in an earlier "bridge, with a hope about speaking with the mainstream, the malestream, as well as the many more outside of either. An accomplishment, a brave, collaborative model for understanding the importance of both collected and collective experience."
-Deena J. Gonzalez, Chair, Dept. of Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles and author of "Refusing the Favor: The Spanish-Mexican Women of Santa Fe, 1820-1880
"If you're ready for some serious fare by some of the best women ofcolor writers working today, this is a collection for you."
-"Curve, April 2003

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