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    volume 11 number 1 (Fall 2011)
    Author:   Gloria Holguín Cuádraz
    Title:  Unearthing and Recovering Memories in a Company Town: Litchfield Park, Arizona
    Abstract:   Artist's Statement
    Pages: 10 - 17
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    Authors:   Tifffany Ana López and Josie Méndez-Negrete
    Title:  Testimoniando and Unearthing Voices: Chicanas/Latinas Painting and Speaking Our Stories
    Abstract:   Editors' Commentary
    Pages: 20 - 33
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    Author:   Ella Diaz
    Title:  Seeing Is Believing: Visualizing and Performing Testimonio in Chicana/o and Latina/o Art
    Abstract:   This analysis of the Chicana/o-Latina/o aesthetic considers several works of art as forms of testimonio. Drawing on important literary frameworks for testimonio in Latin American Studies and in Chicana/Latina Studies, the essay proposes that artists like Regina José Galindo and Claudia Bernardi visualize and actualize testimonios in response to genocide and crimes against humanity. Galindo’s and Bernardi’s artistic achievements are not exclusive innovations in the field, however. The essay also addresses testimonial-like traditions inherent to 1960s and 1970s Chicana/o visual art, as well 1980s and 1990s performance art by Native Americans and U.S. Latinas/os. The visual artworks of José Montoya, Juana Alicia, James Luna, Coco Fusco, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña are antecedents to twenty-first century visual and performance testimonios. Each of these artists integrates elements of the literary testimonio into their visual and performance art works. Since Chicana/a-Latina/o art originates in, and continues to evolve through, transnational mixtures, internal migrations, and cultural convergences, it is important to connect advancements in Latina/o visual and performance art to a relevant art history.
    Pages: 36 - 83
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    Author:   Annette Portillo
    Title:  Writing Photomemories: Crossing Borders, Crossing Genres in Norma E. Cantú's Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 84 - 123
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    Author:   Susan C Méndez
    Title:  “Like a Dialect Freaked by Thunder:” Spiritual Articulations of Survival and Identity in Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban and Monkey Hunting
    Abstract:   Drawing upon religious studies, literary analyses, and performance studies, this essay analyzes how ancestral African spiritual practices connect to issues of nation and racial identity; this argument focuses on the processes of religious, racial, and gender identification for the Afro-Cuban. In Dreaming in Cuban and Monkey Hunting by Cristina García, several key characters are connected to the faith of Santería. Their participation in Santería bestows upon them capabilities greater than they have ever known and permit incisive evaluations of the nation-state. Moreover, in both texts, Santería comprises a large part of the racial identity and history of certain characters. García demonstrates Santería to be a means of agency, national critique, and a way to maintain a sense of racial identity. In this analysis, the works of Coco Fusco, José Esteban Muñoz, and Antonio Benítez-Rojo will elucidate how race, performance, and the nation-state can be major factors in the literary imaginings of Santería.
    Pages: 124 - 157
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    Author:   Marci R McMahon
    Title:  Alma López California Fashion Slaves: Denaturalizing Domesticity, Labor, and Motherhood
    Abstract:   This essay closely reads Alma López’s digital print, California Fashions Slaves (1997), which depicts Macrina López, the artist’s mother and a seamstress, alongside mexicana garment workers within a Los Angeles cityscape. These images are situated within a recasting of La Virgen de Guadalupe imagery, a characteristic of López’s work. The print was part of the Cyber Arte exhibit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2001, the same show that displayed López’s controversial Our Lady. Even though California Fashions Slaves manipulates the imagery of Guadalupe, religious and community activists overlooked the piece. Unlike Our Lady, California Fashions Slaves does not explicitly represent female sexual empowerment, but concentrates on women’s empowerment as a labor class. I argue that the critical oversight of California Fashions Slaves indicates the dominance of images that have sought to naturalize Chicanas and Latinas to domesticity, labor, and motherhood in cultural and visual representations. I closely read California Fashions Slaves as a challenge to such discourses because the print denaturalizes motherhood and domestic labor, emphasizing the domestic as a social and cultural construct, while also underscoring women’s creative resistance and agency.
    Pages: 158 - 193
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    Author:   Lorna Dee Cervantes
    Title:  100 Words to Your Secrets
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 198 - 198
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    Author:   Lorna Dee Cervantes
    Title:  100 Words on Being Done
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 199 - 199
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    Author:   Lorna Dee Cervantes
    Title:  100 Words After the Family of You
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 200 - 200
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    Author:   Lorna Dee Cervantes
    Title:  100 Words to a Noisy You
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 201 - 201
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    Author:   luri Morales Lara
    Title:  From Noisy Bones
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 202 - 209
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    Author:   luri Morales Lara
    Title:  Spiral Notes
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 210 - 211
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    Author:   luri Morales Lara
    Title:  Ode to Pulque
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 212 - 212
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    Author:   luri Morales Lara
    Title:  La Vieja Luz
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 214 - 214
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    Author:   María Olivia Davalos Stanton
    Title:  Film Review: Threshold of Personal and Communal Violence
    Abstract:   Thresholds. Live action short film (7 minutes). Directed by Linda Garcia Merchant; written by Yovani Flores, Linda Garcia Merchant, and Evon Flores Barrera; performed by Yovani Flores, Brent Brown, Evon Flores Barrera and Jeffrey Rysiewicz. Las Pilonas Productions, 2011.
    Pages: 218 - 221
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    Author:   Tifffany Ana López
    Title:  Conference Review: Against Fear and Terror: Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras
    Abstract:   Against Fear and Terror: Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras . August 3-6, 2011. California State University, Los Angeles. Under the leadership of Dionne Espinoza, with the MALCS, National and Cal State LA Chapter, the conference was sponsored by the College of Arts and Letter; College of Natural and Social Sciences; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Department of Chicana(o)/Latina(o) Studies; Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs; Educational Opportunity Program, Cross Cultural Centers, University Student Union, CSULA Kennedy Library, and California Faculty Association.
    Pages: 222 - 227
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