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    volume 19 number 1 (Fall 2019)
    Author:   Emilia Cruz
    Title:  Painting as a Self-Care Ritual
    Abstract:   ARTIST STATEMENT
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    Pages: 12 - 19
    Author:   Sonya M Alemán
    Title:  Continuamos with the Healing of our Wounds
    Abstract:   EDITOR’S COMMENTARY
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    Pages: 22 - 27
    Author:   Inmaculada Lara-Bonilla
    Title:  The Decolonial Phenomenology of Shifting: Writing Encounters in the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Archive
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    This article seeks to expand our understanding of the philosophical contributions of Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1942-2004) to decolonial feminism by analyzing the interconnections between her theory of writing and her broader phenomenology, and by focusing on her concepts of shifting, nepantla, and conocimiento. Analysis of archival and published texts written or revised in the last decade of her life suggests that, as she developed her ideas on the relationship between writing, consciousness and social change, Anzaldúa enacted and conceptualized a practice of shifting based on phenomenological exploration, which complicated her theory of writing as well as her overall feminist, decolonial thought. This article shows how several key texts provide blueprints for liberatory, relational meaning-making practices, for the exploration of diverse forms of consciousness, and for the production of new forms of transformative theories. I specifically analyze Anzaldúa’s suggested methodology of writing and place it in conversation with those texts in which she addresses phenomenological issues, such as consciousness, the habitation of the psychic space of nepantla, and her path of conocimiento. These theoretical explorations are discussed also in conversation with contemporary Latina, feminist, and decolonial thinkers, as well as with some traditional, early-20th century phenomenologists. Such transdisciplinary reading reveals that Anzaldúa’s deployment and elaboration of theories of consciousness, in synchronicity with a specific writing theory and practice characterized by shifting, were aimed at countering established philosophy, feminist theory, and other scholarly fields to develop an alternative phenomenology for effecting queer, feminist decolonial transformation. Methodologically, this article also offers “reflective reading” as a mode of engagement with hybrid theoretical texts, as we continue to work on decolonizing the academy and its disciplines –including philosophy and literary theory– from intersectional queer, feminist, and decolonizing standpoints.
    Pages: 30 - 63
    Author:   Amanda Ellis
    Title:  Bruja, Curandera, y Lechuza: Collapsing Borders and Fusing Images
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    Comparatively reading ire’ne lara silva’s short story titled “tecolotl” from her 2013 collection flesh to bone, against Rudolfo Anaya’s 1972 classic Bless Me, Ultima, this essay argues that lara silva collapses the distinctions between key literary and folkloric images. By fusing the bruja, curandera, and lechuza figures into one character, her short story engages Anaya’s classic and creates an altogether new mythical and powerful figure. This mythical figure disrupts the binary distinction between bruja and curandera, it cautions against and emerges out of intra-communal heartache and underscores the irreducibility of Chicana complexity. Additionally, this essay goes on to illuminate the ways in which lara silva threads popular cultural expressions to score the dynamism of Chicana/o/x experience as rendered through contemporary Chicana feminist narrative.
    Pages: 64 - 87
    Author:   Stevie Ruiz
    Title:  The Double Life: Respectability Politics and Spatial Formation in Feminicide Films
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    This article analyzes how documentaries and docudramas about the homicides of 1,500-plus women in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico offer competing narratives about the respectability of victims, yet reinforce the “virgin-whore” dichotomy and their corresponding spatial formations. For instance, activist mothers of disappeared women in Juárez have publicly denounced the official government’s theory that each disappeared woman led a secret “double life” that made them vulnerable to a dangerous lifestyle: virgin by day and whore by night. Activists seeking redress for their daughters emphasize so-called virgin values. However, in popular media, the state’s explanation of the double life as the cause of these murders has been recreated for film audiences in local docudramas distributed on the streets of Juárez. I argue that both genres of cinematic representations rebuild a case against the victims rather than the perpetrators. I demonstrate that, in casting blame upon victims, the spatial politics embedded inside the logics of the double life reinforce binaries about public and private spheres. Spatial discourse about public space as posing considerable risk and harassment threats for women has been interpellated in a complex and important way in struggles to prevent further sex crimes. This analysis interrogates the limitations of the rebuttals made against mainstream discourses by activist mothers as they reinscribe the virgin-whore binary.
    Pages: 88 - 117
    Author:   Theresa Torres
    Title:  Transformational Resistant Leadership in Kansas City: A Study of Chicana Activism
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    This case study of leadership draws on the concepts of transformational resistance (Delgado Bernal 1997; Brayboy 2005) and mestiza consciousness (Anzaldúa 1987) to create a model of Transformational Resistant leadership (TR leadership) that helps articulate the leadership of a Chicana activist navigating tensions between an established Latina/o community, new immigrant Latina/os, African American leaders, and anti-immigrant forces. Elements of a TR leadership model include a critical awareness, a commitment to social justice, and an ability to maneuver within dominant and marginal spaces, discourses, and ideologies. TR leaders are advocates for social justice; seek solidarity with people of color; create coalitions; rely on multi-levels of support; maneuver in and around binaries; endure personal sacrifice; and often experience the oppression they struggle to overcome.
    Pages: 118 - 141
    Author:   Patricia Marina Trujillo
    Title:  This World Is For Us
    Abstract:   EDITOR’S COMMENTARY
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    Pages: 144 - 149
    Author:   Demetria Martinez
    Title:  The Only God You Believe In
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    Pages: 150 - 151
    Author:   Rocio Delgado
    Title:  La Esperanza de Joaquín
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    Pages: 152 - 155
    Author:   Adriana Domínguez
    Title:  Cuerpo: Manos Hair Hips Labios Hoops
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    Pages: 156 - 160
    Author:   Joy E Dili
    Title:  Grandmother’s Garbanzos
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    Pages: 162 - 164
    Author:   Gabriela Serrano
    Title:   Xilatano: Project 43
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    Serrano’s writing engages the promise of speculative fiction; it provides alternative perspectives to our current reality with fantastic characters and universes. Unfortunately, we could not print her entire novela. What you will find printed here is the Preface and Chapter 1 of Xilatano: Project 43. Additionally, I asked Gabriela to provide an overview of the project, printed below, to ground you in this highly imaginative setting. Enjoy!
    Pages: 166 - 185
    Author:   Bobbie Bermudez
    Title:  We Love, We Sing, We Include, We Heal
    Abstract:   IN REVIEW
    When We Love Someone, We Sing to Them: Cuando Amamos Cantamos by Ernesto Javier Martínez. San Francisco, California: Reflection Press, 2018. Pp. 40. $19.95 (hardcover)

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    Pages: 188 - 190
    Author:   Jennifer Nájera
    Title:  Imagine Brings the Power of Words to Life
    Abstract:   Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2018. Pp. 32. $16.99. (hardcover)

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    Pages: 192 - 194
    Authors:   Belinda Linn Rincón and Stephanie Calderón Vásquez
    Title:  Rivera’s Debut Novel Offers a Refreshing Coming-Out and Coming-of-Age Latinx Tale
    Abstract:   Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera. Riverdale, New York: Riverdale Avenue Books, 2016. Pp. 264. $19.99 (paperback).

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    Pages: 196 - 199
    Author:   Cecilia Aragón
    Title:  Diane Guerrero: A Citizen Child Warrior
    Abstract:   My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2018. Pp. 251. $18.99 (hardcover).

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    Pages: 200 - 204

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