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    Chicana/Latina Studies
    volume 19 number 2 (Spring 2020)
    Author:   Celeste De Luna
    From a Lone Printmaker to Socially Engaged Artist
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 12 - 21
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    Author:   Sonya Alemán
    Storytelling and Truthtelling in Chicana/Latina Studies
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 24 - 30
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    Author:   Martha P Cotera
    Title:  Chingona chones y nuevas generaciones: A Reflection on Diosa y hembra
    Abstract:   Diosa y hembra served as a “positive intervention” for the 1960s Chicano Movement, a text which called for new definitions and clarifications for the concepts of carnalismo and la familia de la raza, which the Chicano Movement used as organizing ideology and strategy. The author of this revolutionary piece reflects on how Diosa y hembra had two intended audiences: 1) educators and policy makers; and 2) Chicano Movement activists who discriminated against women. Included is a review of the historical context in which Diosa y hembra was written. The essay calls for continued interventions for incorporating Chicana history in contemporary research and productions.
    Pages: 32 - 49
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    Author:   Marina V Chavez
    Title:  Transgressing Gender and Sexuality Roles of Mexican Folkloric Dance: Disidentification in Raíces de mitierra's 2013 Performanc eof
    Abstract:   As Olga Nájera-Ramírez and others have demonstrated, the Mexican folkloric dance form, or ballet folklórico, was constructed as a cultural tool of the Mexican State to articulate and disseminate a hegemonic narrative of Mexico as a modern nation of “mestizos” in the early part of the twentieth century. While twenty-first century U.S. Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x folklórico dancers of Raíces de mi tierra engage this dance practice as both a method of resistance and community building through cultural representation, the post-revolutionary Mexican nationalism which birthed folklórico continues to impact their performances. This essay examines the performance of “La mujer de colores” by Grupo folklórico de University of California, Santa Barbara: Raíces de mi tierra at the 2013 Danzantes unidos Festival. Drawing from Chicana feminist and queer scholars to examine the intervention Raíces de mi tierra student-choreographer Alejandro Góngora and fellow student dancers make in “La mujer,” I argue that by centering lesbian subjects, “La mujer de colores” transgresses the heteronormative and patriarchal roles that underlie the interactions of various raced, gendered and classed bodies of folklórico as they perform the imagined courtship that underpins Mexico as a “mestizo” nation. “La mujer de colores,” thus, disidentifies with the carefully guarded repertoire of the folklórico tradition as a performance of nation. The “La mujer” performance demonstrates the limits and possibilities of engaging folklórico as a cultural practice of resistance and community-building in the United States today.
    Pages: 52 - 80
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    Author:   Maria Paula Chaves Daza
    Title:  Horizontal Contact Zones: Undocumented Latina's Coalitional Practices During Hurricane Katrina
    Abstract:   Undocumented Latina experiences are often invisible, including in narratives about Hurricane Katrina. News accounts and anniversary reports about Katrina focused on New Orleans and the devastation this city suffered, yet the rest of the Gulf coast went un- or under-reported. A lack of reporting included how undocumented immigrants were affected and also helped to rebuild the cities after the hurricane. This paper explores one testimonio by a Peruvian immigrant living in Biloxi, Mississippi as a counter story of Hurricane Katrina. I read Diana’s testimonio for details about the Hurricane from her perspective as an undocumented woman. Drawing from Pratt’s theorization of the “contact zone,” I propose the concept of the “horizontal contact zone” as an analytical framework to identify modes of solidarity among communities of color. I develop this concept to explore how the immigrant Latina/o/x and Black communities weathered the storm together via everyday coalition practices. My aim is to expand the narrative of Katrina to include undocumented Latina immigrants and understand how inter-ethnic coalition is necessary for communities’ of color survival and storytelling.
    Pages: 82 - 103
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    Author:   Lisa Mendoza Knecht
    Title:  Conocimientos de una maestra: A Teacher's Path to Healing
    Abstract:   This essay is an autohistoria using Anzaldúa’s (2002) theoretical construct of the seven stages of conocimiento to document a teacher’s difficult journey from a high school classroom, to community activism, to a doctoral program. This Chicana feminist methodology and theoretical model of transformation provides a way to critically examine the author’s lived experiences, including professional and personal arrebatos that ultimately lead to new ways of knowing. The author’s use of self-reflexivity aids in her conceptualization of the process of conocimiento as she unpacks her professional and personal pain in attempting to redefine herself in her current identity as an emerging scholar.
    Pages: 104 - 124
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    Author:   Patricia Marina Trujillo
    Remixing: Sampling Memory, Experience, and Words
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 128 - 133
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    Author:   Kimberlee Pérez
    Title:  South of Living
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 134 - 153
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    Author:   Claudia Rodriguez
    Title:  She Had Brown Hands
    Angel of Mercy, para Chavela
    Tacos de sitio y lengua
    Paradigm Shift
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 154 - 161
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    Author:   Rosanna Alvarez
    Title:  Predatory Reciprocity and the Politics of Chingona Fierce
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 162 - 165
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    Author:   Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto
    Title:  Si pudiera escribir un poema: Latina fate
    Just Life
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 166 - 171
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    Author:   Meagan Solomon
    Title:  Gender and Chicanidad Beyond Borders
    Abstract:   BOOK REVIEW OF: Post-Borderlandia: Chicana Literature and Gender Variant Critique by T. Jackie Cuevas. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2018. Pp. 188. $29.95 (paper).
    Pages: 174 - 177
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    Author:   Julianna Loera Wiggins
    Title:  Memory Death: Myriam Gurba's Mosaic of Truth and Trauma
    Abstract:   BOOK REVIEW OF: Mean by Myriam Gurba. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2017. Pp 174. $16.95 (paper).
    Pages: 178 - 180
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    Author:   Mari Castañeda
    Title:  Building Bridges in Communication Studies: Towards a Social Justice Imperative
    Abstract:   BOOK REVIEW OF: This Bridge We Call Communication: Anzaldúan Approaches to Theory, Method, and Praxis edited by Leandra Hinojosa Hernández and Robert Gutierrez-Perez. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. Pp. 406. Hardback $115.00 (paper).
    Pages: 182 - 184
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    Author:   Pat Zavella
    Title:  La Virgen and the Mexican Catholic Imagination
    Abstract:   BOOK REVIEW OF: Our Lady of Everyday Life: La Virgen De Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America by María Socorro Castañeda-Liles. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pp. 282. $29.95 (paper).
    Pages: 186 - 188
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