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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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Pain: Gloria AnzaldÚA's Challenge to “Women's Health”

Pain: Gloria AnzaldÚA's Challenge to “Women's Health”

(p.77) 2 Pain: Gloria AnzaldÚA's Challenge to “Women's Health”

Suzanne Bost

Fordham University Press

This analysis started after “Pain,” rereads Gloria Anzaldúa's work in the wake of her death and puts diabetes at the center of her theories of mestiza consciousness, the Coatclicue State, and radical feminist spirituality. The analysis is all about Anzaldúa's wide and varied critical reception, her works, maligned as untrue to history, and cited as both essentialist and postmodern, nationalist and global. This majorly explains many of the counterintuitive and inflammatory insights of Borderlands in 1987. After the analyses about the Aztec and Catholic contexts that allowed her to accept her own pain as a productive, regenerative sensation, it is concluded with a section that follows her risky proposal in her last essay, “now let us shift” in 2002, to bridge spirituality and feeling with theory and politics.

Keywords:   Gloria Anzaldúa, diabetes, mestiza, Coatclicue State, feminist, Borderlands, spirituality, pain

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