Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (Latin America Otherwise)

Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (Latin America Otherwise)

By: Celia Alvarez (editor), Norma Alarcon (editor), Ruth Behar (editor), Luz del Alba Acevedo (editor), Latina Feminist Group (editor), Rina Benmayor (editor)Hardback

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Telling to Live embodies the vision that compelled Latina feminists to engage their differences and find common ground. Its contributors reflect varied class, religious, ethnic, racial, linguistic, sexual, and national backgrounds. Yet in one way or another they are all professional producers of testimonios-or life stories-whether as poets, oral historians, literary scholars, ethnographers, or psychologists. Through coalitional politics, these women have forged feminist political stances about generating knowledge through experience. Reclaiming testimonio as a tool for understanding the complexities of Latina identity, they compare how each made the journey to become credentialed creative thinkers and writers. Telling to Live unleashes the clarifying power of sharing these stories. The complex and rich tapestry of narratives that comprises this book introduces us to an intergenerational group of Latina women who negotiate their place in U.S. society at the cusp of the twenty-first century. These are the stories of women who struggled to reach the echelons of higher education, often against great odds, and constructed relationships of sustenance and creativity along the way. The stories, poetry, memoirs, and reflections of this diverse group of Puerto Rican, Chicana, Native American, Mexican, Cuban, Dominican, Sephardic, mixed-heritage, and Central American women provide new perspectives on feminist theorizing, perspectives located in the borderlands of Latino cultures. This often heart wrenching, sometimes playful, yet always insightful collection will interest those who wish to understand the challenges U.S. society poses for women of complex cultural heritages who strive to carve out their own spaces in the ivory tower.Contributors. Luz del Alba Acevedo, Norma Alarcon, Celia Alvarez, Ruth Behar, Rina Benmayor, Norma E. Cantu, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Gloria Holguin Cuadraz, Liza Fiol-Matta, Yvette Flores-Ortiz, Ines Hernandez-Avila, Aurora Levins Morales, Clara Lomas, Iris Ofelia Lopez, Mirtha N. Quintanales, Eliana Rivero, Caridad Souza, Patricia Zavella


About the Series ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Papelitos Guardados: Theorizing Latinidades Through Testimonio 1 I. Geneaologies of Empowerment 25 Certified Organic Intellectual / Aurora Levins Morales 27 My Father's Hands / Yvette Gisele Flores-Oritz 33 Vignettes of a Working-Class Puerto Rican Girl in Brooklyn, New York / Celia Alvarez 39 Silence Begins at Home / Patricia Zavella 43 You Speak Spanish Because You Are Jewish? / Rina Benmayor 55 Getting There Cuando No Hay Camino / Norma E. Cantu 60 Reflection and Rebirth: The Evolving Life of a Latina Academic / Iris Ofelia Lopez 69 Mi Primera Amiguita: Carmelita / Gloria Holguin Cuadraz 86 The House That Mama Biela Built / Daisy Cocco de Filippis 90 Lightning / Mirtha N. Quintanales 96 My Name Is This Story / Aurora Levins Morales 100 Resisting the Alcemy of Erasure: Journey to Labor Ideas / Clara Lomas 104 Esta Risa No Es de Loca / Caridad Souza 114 A Esconditas: A Chicana Feminist Teacher Who Writes/A Chicana Feminist Writer Who Teaches / Norma E. Cantu 123 Canto de Mi Madre/Canto de Mi Padre / Ines Hernandez Avila 132 Daughter of Bootstrap / Luz del Alba Acevedo 139 Beyond Survival: A Politics/Poetics of Puerto Rican Consciousness / Liza Fiol-Matta 148 I Can Fly: Of Dreams and Other Nonfictions / Eliana Rivero 156 II. Alchemies of Erasure 167 The Christmas Present / Caridad Souza 169 Snapshots from My Daze in School / Celia Alvarez 177 Point of Departure / Mirtha N. Quintanales 185 Another Way to Grow Up Puerto Rican / Liza Fiol-Matta 192 El Beso / Ruth Behar 196 The Prize of a New Cadillac / Yvette Gisele Flores-Ortiz 201 La Tra(d)icion / Latina Anonima 204 Between Perfection and Invisibility / Latina Anonima 207 Diary of La Llorona with a Ph. D. / Gloria Holguin Cuadraz 212 Welcome to the Ivory Tower / Latina Anonima 218 I Still Don't Know Why / Latina Anonima 224 Lessons Learned from an Assistant Professor / Gloria Holguian Cuadraz 227 Don't You Like Being in the University? / Latina Anonima 229 Temporary Latina / Ruth Behar 231 Dispelling the Sombras, Grito mi nombre con rayos de luz / Ines Hernandez Avila 238 Biting Through / Latina Anonima 245 Sand from Varadero Beach / Ruth Behar 247 Speaking Among Friends: Whose Empowerment, Whose Resistance? / Luz del Alba Acevedo 250 III. The Body Re/members 263 Reading the Body / Norma E. Cantu 264 Missing Body / Caridad Souza 266 Malabareando/Juggling / Liza Fiol-Matta 269 Migraine/Jacqueca / Norma E. Cantu 271 The Wart / Daisy Cocco de Filippis 273 Why My Ears Aren't Pierced / Ruth Behar 275 Night Terrors / Latina Anonima 277 La Princesa / Latina Anonima 286 Forced by Circumstance / Norma Alarcon 289 Let Me Sleep / Latina Anonima 291 Depression / Mirtha N. Quintanales 293 Desde el Divan: Testimonios from the Couch / Yvette Giselle Flores-Ortiz 294 Telling to Live: Devoro la Mentira, Resucitando Mi Ser / Ines Hernandez Avila 298 IV. Passion, Desires, and Celebrations 303 Shameless Desire / Aurora Levins Morales 305 La Cosa / Ruth Behar 307 Boleros / Eliana Rivero 309 A Working-Class Bruja's Fears and Desires / Norma E. Cantu 314 Aun / Yvette Gisele Flores-Ortiz 318 The Names I Used to Call Your/The Names I Do Call You / Eliana Rivero 319 Platanos and Palms / Rina Benmayor 321 Three Penny Opera or Eve's Symphony in B Minor / Daisy Cocco de Filippis 323 Descubrimiento(s) / Celia Alvarez 327 Entre Nosotras / Latina Anonima 331 Pisco and Cranberry / Eliana Rivero 334 De lo que es Amor; de lo que es Vida / Ines Hernandez Avila 336 Eating Mango / Liza Fiol-Matta 344 Everyday Grace / Mirtha N. Quintanales 345 Tenemos que Swguir Luchando / Patricia Zavella 348 Select Bibliography 357 About the Authors 373

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  • ISBN13: 9780822327554
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9780822327554
  • ISBN10: 0822327554

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