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DivinanimalityAnimal Theory, Creaturely Theology$
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Stephen Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263196

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.001.0001

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Anzaldúa’s Animal Abyss:

Anzaldúa’s Animal Abyss:

Mestizaje and the Late Ancient Imagination

(p.161) Anzaldúa’s Animal Abyss

An Yountae

Peter Anthony Mena

Fordham University Press

An Yountae and Peter Anthony Mena's jointly authored essay explores Gloria Anzaldúa's potential contributions to animality studies and creaturely theology. The essay falls into two parts. Mena shows how Anzaldúa's concept of a mestiza identity forged in the arid spaces of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands, and transcending and transforming ethnic difference and human/animal difference, can travel to a different desert in which human-animal hybrids also abound, that of Jerome's fourth-century Life of Paul. An extends Mena's reflections into a more direct exploration of the significance of the animal for Anzaldúa. He argues that Anzaldúa's animal images figure the multiple layers of her mestizaje. These images also express a dialectical tension between Anzaldúa's decolonial vision of freedom and the abyssal groundlessness of creaturely existence.

Keywords:   Animality studies, Gloria Anzaldúa, Life of Paul, Mestizaje

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