Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art (Paperback)

Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art By Inés Hernández-Ávila (Editor), Norma E. Cantú (Editor) Cover Image
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Mexican and Mexican American women have written about Texas and their lives in the state since colonial times. Edited by fellow Tejanas Inés Hernández-Ávila and Norma Elia Cantú, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche gathers, for the first time, a representative body of work about the lives and experiences of women who identify as Tejanas in both the literary and visual arts.

The writings of more than fifty authors and the artwork of eight artists manifest the nuanced complexity of what it means to be Tejana and how this identity offers alternative perspectives to contemporary notions of Chicana identity, community, and culture. Considering Texas-Mexican women and their identity formations, subjectivities, and location on the longest border between Mexico and any of the southwestern states acknowledges the profound influence that land and history have on a people and a community, and how Tejana creative traditions have been shaped by historical, geographical, cultural, linguistic, social, and political forces. This representation of Tejana arts and letters brings together the work of rising stars along with well-known figures such as writers Gloria Anzaldúa, Emma Pérez, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Carmen Tafolla, and Pat Mora, and artists such as Carmen Lomas Garza, Kathy Vargas, Santa Barraza, and more. The collection attests to the rooted presence of the original indigenous peoples of the land now known as Tejas, as well as a strong Chicana/Mexicana feminism that has its precursors in Tejana history itself.

About the Author

Inés Hernández-Ávila is a professor of Native American studies at the University of California, Davis. She is one of the founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Norma Elia Cantú is a professor of Latina/ Latino Studies and English at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is the founder of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa and cofounder of CantoMundo, a place for Latin@ poets and poetry.

Praise For…

...the editors have brought together a truly impressive array of Tejana female artists, giving equal time to established names and rising stars.
— Santa Fe New Mexican

A volume meriting serious scholarly consideration…As homogeneity increases through processes such as globalization, Entre Guadalupe y Malinche is a reminder of the relevance of regional particularism and how writers and artists respond to notions of place and land through constructions of imagination, memory, and community.
— Western American Literature

Entre Guadalupe y Malinche is a vibrant collection…The texts collectively imagine, create, and rewrite Tejana stories into the Texas-Mexican landscape but contest any single notion of a unified experience, be it cultural, gender, or geographical…Entre Guadalupe y Malinche takes the reader on personal journeys of discovery, family, love, and healing all while rooted in the larger paradigm of the decolonial imaginary.
— Journal of American Studies
Product Details
ISBN: 9781477308363
ISBN-10: 1477308369
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Pages: 501
Language: English