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    volume 16 number 2 (Spring 2017)
    Author:   Annie López
    Title:  Artist Statement: An Altered Point of View
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 12 - 19
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    Authors:   C. Alejandra Elenes and Gloria H Cuádraz
    Title:  Editors' Commentary: Speaking to the Times
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 22 - 40
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    Authors:   Cecilia Caballero, Yvette Martínez-Vu and Judith C Pérez-Torres
    Title:  "Our Labor Is Our Prayer, Our Mothering Is Our Offering;" A Chicana M(other)work Framework for Collective Resistance
    Abstract:   additional authors in Chicana M(other)work Collective: Michelle Téllez, Christine Vega

    In this article, we draw from Patricia Hill Collins’ theorization on motherwork and Chicana feminism to propose Chicana M(other)work as a concept and project that amplifies the intersectionalities of our classed, racialized, and gendered lived experiences as working-class, first-generation, Chicana Mother-Scholars. We offer Chicana M(other)work as a framework for collective resistance by naming the feminized, invisible, undervalued, and exploited labor of Mothers of Color in academia. Through our testimonios we labor to transform academic institutions and culture by calling for the end of institutional violence against low-income and working-class Chicana and Women of Color mothers in academia and beyond.
    Pages: 44 - 75
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    Author:   Ester Díaz Martín
    Title:  Contestaciones: The Music Genre of Cyber-Hociconas
    Abstract:    In recent years, mexicanas and Chicanas have taken to social media to creatively respond to the increasingly explicit misogynist themes promoted in contemporary Mexican regional music. Their contestaciones seek to express the silenced stories and voices of women who are portrayed as mujeres abnegadas, unworthy of being in a relationship, deserving of mistreatment, and as mere bodies for men's sexual enjoyment. Instead, contestaciones offer versions of empowered women who scorn and dismiss undesirable men and express their romantic aspirations and sexuality. I present the singer-songwriters of YouTube contestaciones as "cyber-hociconas"; that is, women who effectively voice transgressive positions that counter misogyny through the use of online media. I am critical, however, of the extent to which contestaciones work to reinscribe patriarchal institutions and heteronormativity, thus limiting their potential as a transformative medium for the empowerment of women. Nonetheless, given the continuous violence that Latina women are subject to in areas of conflict tied to narcocultura, and the infiltration of narcocultura aesthetics onto mainstream popular culture, contestaciones represent an important form of popular feminism and cultural activism of mexicanas and Chicanas deserving of attention.
    Pages: 76 - 99
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    Author:   Margarita Pignataro
    Title:  La Identidad Femenina en la Narrativa de Irene Vilar: Impossible Motherhood: A Testimony of an Abortion Addict
    Abstract:   Testimony and memoir are avenues for Puerto Rican Irene Vilar as she reveals three generations of females—herself, her mother, and famous nationalist grandmother Lolita Lebrón—and their individual identity struggle. In Vilar’s Impossible Motherhood: A Testimony of an Abortion Addict (2009) the analysis of gender relationships, and the women’s personal, public and political life, supports the "papelitos guardados" concept in constructing the female identity through painful writing and establishes a poignant space in contributing to Chicana/Latina studies concerning Puerto Rican political story, and women’s role as lover, resistant self-lover and obedient hysteric. The intertwining of all three reflects a connection between autonomy, addiction and aplomb. The female identity obstacles detailed in the work relate to the experience of migration, suicide, abortions and abandonment. Themes of nation, death, and body are explored via a theoretical framework that includes: The Puerto Rican Syndrome (2003) by Patricia Gherovici, ¡Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement (2011) by Maylei Blackwell, Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (2001) by The Latina Feminist Group and A la sombra de tu nombre (2000) by Rosario Ferré. The feminine genealogies analysis defines, develops and incorporates the "papelitos guardados" narrative strategies and female cultural nationalist identity.
    Pages: 102 - 127
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    Author:   Araceli Esparza
    Title:  Trans Chol@s, the Coloniality of Gender, and Sexual Violence in Helena María Viramontes' Their Dogs Came with Them
    Abstract:   This article argues that, alluding to more than five hundred years of colonialism in the Americas, Helena Maria Viramontes' 2007 novel Their Dogs Came with Them simultaneously depicts and disrupts the coloniality of gender binaries. This argument is developed through a focus on Turtle, one of the novel's complex protagonists, characterized as gender-bending, macha, malflora, trans, masculine, homeless, and a chol@. The article traces the ways in which Turtle contradictorily represents the possibility of a decolonial gender subjectivity that exceeds the binary categories of modernity and participates in the production and reproduction of a hypermasculine and violent cholo masculinity. Ultimately, Viramontes' Their Dogs Came with Them is a historical recovery project that centers on the colonized and engages in a Chicana feminist decolonial practice invested in imagining ways of being in the world that undo the violence of coloniality.
    Pages: 128 - 157
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    Authors:   Mari Castañeda, Claudia A Anguiano and Sonya M Alemán
    Title:  Voicing for Space in Academia: Testimonios of Chicana Communication Professors
    Abstract:   This essay centers the testimonios of three Chicana/Latinx scholars and contributes to the growing body of scholarship that demonstrates the value of this methodological approach. It highlights experiences and strategies of Latina scholars who struggle to make their voices heard in the ivory tower and against the bias in tenure and promotion in academia. This essay extends the use of testimonio within the field of communication as a viable method for engaging the personal and public lives, voices, discourses, stories and representations of Latina/os and Latinx communities. It is our objective that our shared stories filtered through a time-honored and respected Chicana feminist approach within a Latinx centric communication framework can become points of connection that encourage other emerging Chicana/Latinx scholars to consider communication as a serious and meaningful field in which decolonized knowledge production and activism is possible. Via their testimonios, the authors aim to contribute in shifting the vocal landscape of higher education and provide models for Latinx students who are considering Latinx critical communication as a dynamic area of study.
    Pages: 158 - 188
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    Author:   Patricia Trujillo
    Title:  Creative Writing Editor's Commentary: Making Poems
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 192 - 195
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    Author:   Grisel Y Acosta
    Title:  Mother, Father, Child of the Americas
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 198 - 199
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    Author:   Grisel Y Acosta
    Title:  Yayabo Americano
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 200 - 201
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    Author:   Grisel Y Acosta
    Title:  Meeting Chicago in Spain
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 202 - 203
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    Author:   Rita Cano Alcalá
    Title:  El Árbol
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 204 - 204
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    Author:   Rita Cano Alcalá
    Title:  Amor Desengañado
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 205 - 206
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    Author:   Samiri Hernández Hiraldo
    Title:  Más Allá de Acá
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 210 - 211
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    Author:   Samiri Hernández Hiraldo
    Title:  No Sólo por Cruzar Cruzar
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 212 - 213
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    Author:   Samiri Hernández Hiraldo
    Title:  El Más Acá
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 214 - 214
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    Author:   Samiri Hernández Hiraldo
    Title:  Apariciones
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 215 - 216
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    Author:   Sandibel Borges
    Title:  Prayer for Healing
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 218 - 221
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    Author:   L. Justine Hernández
    Title:  Book Review: Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella
    Abstract:   Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella. By Myriam Gurba. San Francisco: Manic D Press, 2007. Pp. 190. $14.95 (paper).
    Pages: 224 - 227
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    Author:   Norma L Cárdenas
    Title:  Book Review: A Life on Hold: Living with Schizophrenia
    Abstract:   A Life on Hold: Living with Schizophrenia. By Josie Méndez-Negrete. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015, pp. 273. $24.95 (paper).
    Pages: 228 - 231
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    Author:   Vanessa Fonseca
    Title:  Book Review: Writing the Goodlife:Mexican American Literature and the Environment
    Abstract:   Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment. By Priscilla Solis Ybarra. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2016. Pp. 240. $29.95 (paper)
    Pages: 232 - 235
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    Author:   Silvia Patricia Solis
    Title:  Book Review: Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Educators of Latino/a Youth
    Abstract:   Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Educators of Latino/a Youth. By Angela Valenzuela, ed. [Foreword by Sonia Nieto] New York: Teachers College Press, 2016. Pp. 208. $27.95 (paper).
    Pages: 236 - 239

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