By Gloria Anzaldúa
Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa's adventure as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a author, the groundbreaking essays and poems during this quantity profoundly challenged how we expect approximately identification. Borderlands/La Frontera remapped our realizing of what a "border" is, seeing it no longer as an easy divide among the following and there, us and them, yet as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits we all. This twentieth-anniversary variation positive factors new commentaries from trendy activists, artists, and lecturers at the legacy of Gloria Anzaldúa's visionary work.
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