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Gloria E. Anzaldúa was an american scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and * theory.

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Her poems and essays explore the anger and isolation of occupying the margins of culture and collective identity.

Anzaldúa was a descendant of many of the prominent Spanish explorers and settlers to come to the Americas in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and also had indigenous ancestry.

The surname Anzaldúa is of Basque (Spanish) origin. When she was eleven, her family relocated to Hargill, Texas.

In 1968, she received a B.A. in English, Art, and Secondary Education from Pan American University, and an M.A. in English and Education from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, she joined politically active cultural poets and radical dramatists such as Ricardo Sanchez, and Hedwig Gorski.

Anzaldúa is highly known for this semi-autobiographical book, which discusses her life growing up on the Mexican-Texas border. It was selected as one of the 38 best books of 1987 by Literary Journal. Borderlands examines the condition of women in Chicano and Latino culture. Anzaldúa discusses several critical issues related to Chicana experiences: heteronormativity, colonialism, and male dominance.

One of her major contributions was her introduction to United States academic audiences of the term mestizaje, meaning a state of being beyond binary (“either-or”) conception, into academic writing and discussion.

Anzaldúa writes of the oppression she experiences specifically as a woman of color, as well as the restrictive gender roles that exist within the Chicano community.

In Borderlands, she also addresses topics such as sexual violence perpetrated against women of color.


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