Gender on the Borderlands


Gender on the Borderlands

The Frontiers Reader

Edited by Antonia Castañeda with Susan H. Armitage, Patricia Hart, and Karen Weathermon

328 pages
33 illustrations, index


July 2007


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About the Book

Gender on the Borderlands captures the intense, complex, and gendered experience of those living along the barbwire borderlands of Mexico and the United States. Through scholarship, testimonials, oral histories, songs, poetry, and art, the contributors reclaim the borderlands from the distortions and violence of “official” history and continue the recovery of a gendered Chicana/Chicano history begun by Gloria Anzaldúa in Borderlands/La Frontera more than twenty years ago. 
Both noted and new scholars reweave the fabric of collective, family, and individual history with a legacy of agency and activism in the borderlands in these twenty-one original selections. Contributors explore themes of homeland, sexuality, language, violence, colonialism, and political resistance within the most recent frameworks of Chicana/Chicano inquiry. Art as social critique, culture as a human right, labor activism, racial plurality, Indigenous knowledge, and strategies of decolonization all vitalize these selections edited by one of the country’s most respected historians of the borderlands, Antonia Castañeda. From Aztec cosmology to globalization, Gender on the Borderlands unites the past with the present and the future to reclaim and transform the gendered, transnational domain along the Mexico-U.S. border.

Author Bio

Antonia Castañeda, born in Texas and raised in the state of Washington, is an associate professor of history at Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Susan H. Armitage is a professor of history at Washington State University and is the former faculty editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. Patricia Hart teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Media and is the coordinator of the American studies program at the University of Idaho. She is the former managing editor of Frontiers. Karen Weathermon, former assistant editor of Frontiers, directs Washington State University’s Writing Across the Curriculum program and serves as the book review editor of Issues in Writing.
Contributors include Katherine Benton-Cohen, María Antonietta Berriozábal, Yolanda Broyles-González, Gabriel S. Estrada, Priscilla Falcon, Deena J. González, Gabriela González, Virginia Grise, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, Judith L. Huacja, Amy Kastely, Yolanda Chávez Leyva, Clara Lomas, Maria de la Luz Ibarra, Emma Perez, Anita Tijerina Revilla, Graciela I. Sánchez, Carmen Tafolla, Deborah R. Vargas, and Theresa A. Ybáñez.


Gender on the Borderlands offers excellent content for anyone interested in studying feminist, ethnic, cultural, critical, and border studies, and is a much-welcome and very necessary text that bridges these studies.”—T. Mark Montoya, The Americas

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender on the Borderlands - Antonia Castañeda
Part I. Claiming
"There is great good in returning": A Testimonio from the Borderlands - Yolanda Chavez Leyva
An Aztec Two-Spirit Cosmology: Re-sounding Nahuatl Masculinities, Elders, Femininities, and Youth - Gabriel S. Estrada
Part 2. Contextualizing
Gender on the Borderlands: Re-textualizing the Classics - Deena J. Gonzalez
Docile Children and Dangerous Revolutionaries: The Racial Hierarchy of Manliness and the Bisbee Deportation of 1917 - Katherine Benton-Cohen
Transborder Discourse: The Articulation of Gender in the Borderlands in the Early Twentieth Century - Clara Lomas
Part 3. Revisioning, Performing, Liberating
La Cultura, la Comunidad, la Familia, y la Libertad - Graciela I. Sanchez
Performance Artist Maria Elena Gaitan: Mapping a Continent without Borders (Epics of Gente Atravesada, Traviesa, y Entremetida) - Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez
Borderlands Critical Subjectivity in Recent Chicana Art - Judith L. Huacja
Part 4. Excavating
Queering the Borderlands: The Challenges of Excavating the Invisible and Unheard - Emma Perez
rasgos asiaticos - Virginia Grise
Only Strong Women Stayed: Women Workers and the National Floral Workers Strike, 1968-1969 - Priscilla Falcon
Part 5. Living San Antonio
Una Historia de Una de Muchas Marias - Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
Rosita Fernandez: La Rosa de San Antonio - Debroah R. Vargas
Esperanza v. City of San Antonio: Politics, Power, and Culture - Amy Kastely
Carolina Munguia and Emma Tenayuca: The Politics of Benevolence and Radical Reform - Gabriela Gonzalez
Maria and Emma - Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
La Pasionaria (poetry) - Carmen Tafolla
Mujeres de San Antonio: Murals of Ema Tenayuca, Corazones de la Comunidad, and Rosita Fernanez (art) - Theresa A. Ybanez
Part 6. Globalizing
Globalization and Its Discontents: Exposing the Underside - Evelyn Hu-DeHart
Buscando La Vida: Mexican Immigrant Women's Memories of Home, Yearning, and Border Crossings - Maria de la Luz Ibarra
Immensa Fe en la Victoria: Social Justice through Education - Anita Tijerina Revilla

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