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EncarnacionIllness and Body Politics in Chicana Feminist Literature$
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Suzanne Bost

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230846

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823230846.001.0001

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Medicine: CherríE Moraga's Boundary Violations

Medicine: CherríE Moraga's Boundary Violations

(p.114) 3 Medicine: CherríE Moraga's Boundary Violations

Suzanne Bost

Fordham University Press

This chapter deals with the studies about “medicine” called “new familia” that Moraga formed with doctors, nurses, and medical technology in her personal narrative. Although her writing has historically opposed the technologies of the dominant culture, still she manages to find standardized perfection research in the neonatal ICU. This analysis has been concluded with vulnerability and the ethics of care it inspires, using the insights of disability theorists, including Margrit Shildrick and Nancy Mairs, to redraw the contours of identity and agency.

Keywords:   medicine, new familia, Cherríe Moraga, technology, neonatal ICU, disability theorists, Margrit Shildrick, Nancy Mairs, identity, agency

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