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Kent L. Brintnall, Joseph A. Marchal, and Stephen D. Moore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277513

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277513.001.0001

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Our Book of Revelation … Prescribes Our Fate and Releases Us from It”: Scriptural Disorientations in Cherríe Moraga’s The Last Generation

Our Book of Revelation … Prescribes Our Fate and Releases Us from It”: Scriptural Disorientations in Cherríe Moraga’s The Last Generation

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(p.113) Our Book of Revelation … Prescribes Our Fate and Releases Us from It”: Scriptural Disorientations in Cherríe Moraga’s The Last Generation
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Sexual Disorientations
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Jacqueline M. Hidalgo

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277513.003.0005

This chapter examines the appearance of Mesoamerican and biblical codices in Cherríe Moraga’s The Last Generation (1994). In Moraga’s conclusion to The Last Generation, “Codex Xerí,” the Book of Revelation appears alongside many glyphs of Chicanx revelation, be they written on barrio walls or present in bodies gathering together. Drawing on Sara Ahmed’s work on orientations, disorientations, and homing devices as a conversation partner for Moraga’s prose and poetry, this chapter argues that scriptures serve as homing devices while they simultaneously function as disorientation devices, where scriptural disorientations can offer both tragic and transformative potentialities, especially for queer Chicanx subjects. Scriptures, and the revelatory power attributed to them, both bind and displace queer Chicanxs even while they can be usable in disorientations that open up other worlds of being.

Keywords:   Sara Ahmed, Chicano codices, disorientation, homing devices, Cherríe Moraga, Queer Chicanismo, Revelation (book of), scriptures

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