• Caridad’s Choice for Transformation: Jumping off a Mesa Cliff in Ana Castillo's Novel So Far from God

    Author(s):
    Judy Bertonazzi (see profile)
    Date:
    2009
    Group(s):
    LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American, LLC Chicana and Chicano, TC Women’s and Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Cultural geography, Feminist theory, Latinx
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Annual Conference
    Conf. Org.:
    English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities
    Conf. Loc.:
    Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
    Conf. Date:
    October 2010
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CR6D
    Abstract:
    As part of my research, I argue that one important way the definition of a feminist borderland develops in these narratives is from a female character’s knowledge of and interpretation of her physical presence within the borderlands. By applying Linda Martín Alcoff’s theories of gender “positionality” and “self-embodiment” from her text Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self, and Alcoff and Walter Mignolo’s concept of a “plurotopic hermeneutics” in literary narratives from borderland locations, I argue that the female character Caridad’s spiritual and sexual discoveries eventually lead her and her lover Esmeralda to jump off of a mesa cliff in Acoma (Sky City), New Mexico.
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