A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010

A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010

By: Cherrie L. Moraga (author)Hardback

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A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness features essays and poems by Cherrie L. Moraga, one of the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship. Combining moving personal stories with trenchant political and cultural critique, the writer, activist, teacher, dramatist, mother, daughter, comadre, and lesbian lover looks back on the first ten years of the twenty-first century. She considers decade-defining public events such as 9/11 and the campaign and election of Barack Obama, and she explores socioeconomic, cultural, and political phenomena closer to home, sharing her fears about raising her son amid increasing urban violence and the many forms of dehumanization faced by young men of color. Moraga describes her deepening grief as she loses her mother to Alzheimer's; pays poignant tribute to friends who passed away, including the sculptor Marsha Gomez and the poets Alfred Arteaga, Pat Parker, and Audre Lorde; and offers a heartfelt essay about her personal and political relationship with Gloria Anzaldua. Thirty years after the publication of Anzaldua and Moraga's collection This Bridge Called My Back, a landmark of women-of-color feminism, Moraga's literary and political praxis remains motivated by and intertwined with indigenous spirituality and her identity as Chicana lesbian. Yet aspects of her thinking have changed over time. A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness reveals key transformations in Moraga's thought; the breadth, rigor, and philosophical depth of her work; her views on contemporary debates about citizenship, immigration, and gay marriage; and her deepening involvement in transnational feminist and indigenous activism. It is a major statement from one of our most important public intellectuals.

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Cherrie L. Moraga is an award-winning playwright, poet, essayist, and activist. She is the author of Loving in the War Years and co-editor, with Gloria Anzaldua, of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Moraga is a founding member of La RED Xicana Indigena, a network of Xicana activists committed to indigenous political education, spiritual practice, and grassroots organizing. She is an Artist-in-Residence in the Drama Department at Stanford University, where she also teaches in the Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.


Drawings by Celia Herrera Rodriguez xiii Prologo: A Living Codex xv Agradecimentos xix A Xicana Lexicon xxi One. Existo Yo A XicanaDyke Codex of Changing Consciousness 3 From Inside the First World: On 9/11 and Women-of-Color Feminism 18 An Irrevocable Promise: Staging the Story Xicana 34 Two. The Warring Inside What Is Left of Us 49 MeXicana Blues 51 Weapons of the Weak: On Fear and Political Resistance 54 California Dreaming 73 Cuento Xicano 76 Indigena as Scribe: The (W)rite to Remember 79 The Altar of My Undoing 97 Three. Salt of the Earth Aguas Sagradas 105 And It Is All These Things That Are Our Grief: Eulogy for Marsha Gomez 107 Poetry of Heroism: A Tribute to Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 111 The Salt That Cures: Remembering Gloria Anzaldua 116 Four. The Price of Beans South Central Farmers 133 The Other Face of (Im)migration: In Conversation with West Asian Feminists 135 Floricanto 146 Modern-Day Malinches 148 What's Race Gotta Do With It? On the Election of Barack Obama 151 This Benighted Nation We Name Home: On the Fortieth Anniversary of Ethnic Studies 163 Still Loving in the (Still) War Years: On Keeping Queer Queer 175 Epilogo: Xicana Mind, Beginner Mind 193 Appendix: Sola, Pero Bien Acompanada: The Art of Celia Herrera Rodriguez 201 Notes 209 Bibliography 229 Index 237

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/06/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780822349624
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780822349624
  • weight: 599
  • ISBN10: 0822349620

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