GLORIA ANZALDUA ILa conciencia de la mestiza: mestiza consciousness; consciousness of the new mestiza consciousness, una conciencia de mujer. when it comes to using Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera with uninitiated students for whom crossing a border means leaving the state of. La conciencia de la mestiza/towards a new consciousness: an inter-american conversation with Gloria Anzaldúa. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. , vol, n

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If an African-American woman of colour takes a political stance for the end of her racial oppression, does this mean that she devalues her experience as being oppressed by her gender identity? How does she represent the cultures she is made up of equally, without leaving one slightly in the shadow?

The girl was the symbol of culture clash. I think all three of these authors pose the question: You are anzxldua using your Twitter account.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I feel like Gloria in this quote expresses her as being forceful and standing up for her culture. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: She struggles to find an identity for herself with these new cultures and somehow yearns for them to be merged in one identity and remain herself, while also trying to be accepted in society. It is any space where multiple identities, histories, and cultures overlap. She is working to develop a new path towards looking at the world.

This supercedes the need to identify either as oppressed or take on the position of the oppressor. You are commenting using your Facebook account. For Anzaldua, the new consciousness arising out of this struggle over borders creates a non-dualistic way of thinking and being. It can be difficult to be an individual, or member, of several social, classed, gendered, racialized groups but never feeling quite at home in either. Gloria Anzaldua, in particular, is among the many feminist theorists that move into the realm o f addressing post-modern identities.

By feeling this way, this most definitely portrays the many mixed feelings of people at this time when forced to confront this adversity at hand.


This site uses cookies. Anzaldua is clearly describing herself in this passages she identifies herself as a lesbian, a feminist and a women. Being a woman of mixed ethnicities, a mestiza, Anzaldua becomes a physical representation of a clash of cultures. To begin to tease out the ideas inherent in this quote from Anzaldua, a description of the Borderlands is essential.

Masculinity is often essentially equated with men and Anzaldua disagrees due to the fact that it essentializes all men and pits them in juxtaposition to women.

Gloria Anzaldua’s “La Conciencia de la Mestiza”

Email required Address never made public. Sandra Cisneros write in both English and Mexican because it helps to unite both races.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Her argument is such that the only way to revolutionize and create social change is if the individual and collective consciousness actively breaks down and uproots dualistic thinking Anzaldua, meestiza Though they hold Mexican beliefs, they are trying to balance the culture of their other heritages. To find out more, including how to control cohciencia, see here: I agree with Lindsey Taylor.

Anzalduua, Anzaldua proposes that we all live in the Borderlands; the space between being inside or outside of culture. Often torn between incompatible cultures, la mestiza struggles to distinguish which collectivity that she belongs to. To label yourself as a new Mestiza you are automatically expressing multitudes of races, cultural and ideological terms into this one word. Butler would perhaps use the language of not having to choose between being intelligible or unintelligible, as either being on the outside or inside of culture.

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You are commenting using your Mestiz. How can she be fully accepted by one of these cultures, without ignoring some parts of the other two? Towards a new Consciousness. The text reminds me of Mextiza The School Days of an Indian Girl as she is not necessarily forced to give up her culture but it torn between which cultures to embrace, similar to the Native Americans. This conflict of white poets culture vs the black poets culture is something that drove black poets to push away their heritage and culture in favor of the whites poet style.


This leaves them stuck on the outskirts, not being accepted by any culture.

I could not agree more with you Myles, simply because I talked about the same thing. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Moreover, the Borderlands are any space where those in the lower, middle, and upper classes approximate each other, where people of different races live together socially, and where cultures merge. Soy un amasamiento, I am an act of kneading, of uniting, and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creature of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of anzaldia and dark and gives them new meanings.

What I found interesting that Anzaldua used in her passage was the comparison she made with a creature. Each culture has its d beliefs and values, and although she is technically a combination of all them, it is easy to feel not apart of any of them.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Anzaldua understands this same concept. Also, being a feminist puts even more pressure in this already foggy existence. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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You can think of it as a contradiction within itself. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The consciousness of the Borderlands neither knows or upholds boundaries. Email required Address never made public. I am cultureless because, as a feminist, I challenge the collective tured because I am participating in the creation of yet another culture, a new story to explain the world and our participation in it, a new value system with images and symbols that connect us to each other and to the planet.

Ultimately, it is in a constant state of ambiguity, and this ambiguity must be tolerated.