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    Chicana/Latina Studies
    volume 20 number 2 (Spring 2021)
    Author:   Verónica Kovats Sánchez
    Title:  Exploring Anxiety and Depression Through Art: Growing, Thriving, y Floriciendo
    Abstract:   ARTIST STATEMENT
    Pages: 11 - 19
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    Author:   Sonya M Alemán
    Title:  Editor's Commentary: Mapping the Exigencies of 2021
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 22 - 25
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    Author:   Rebeca L Hey-Colón
    Title:  “POR EL MAR QUE NOS UNE:” boat people’s Living Waters
    Abstract:   This article presents the first in-depth discussion of the Afro-diasporic spiritual world of boat people (2005), a brief collection of poetry by Mayra Santos-Febres, a leading Afro-Puerto Rican author. Critics have generally read boat people as recounting the plight of undocumented Dominican migrants who cross the treacherous ocean in an attempt to reach Puerto Rico (and by extension, the United States). I argue, however, that boat people cannot be geographically contained, and one of the primary ways in which the text places itself at the juncture of Caribbean and Latina/o/x Studies is by means of its engagement with water. In boat people, Santos-Febres transforms the sea into a powerful agential presence that absorbs the bodies and souls of the undocumented migrants who traverse its waters. Brimming with aché and having borne witness to the traumatic journeys of Caribbean bodies and spirits for centuries, Santos-Febres’s spiritualized sea is infused with the energy of the orishas of Santería/Regla de Ocha, the iwas of Haitian Vodou, Indigenous Taíno resistance, and the impetus of countless ancestral forces. In direct contrast to the erasure imposed on undocumented maritime migration by media and governments, boat people recovers and affirms the humanity of the drowned Black body, and especially of the Black female migrant body, evincing its contribution to current debates on migration and to the field of Afro-Latina/x feminisms. It also reveals water’s potential for fostering dialogue between Caribbean, Chicana/o/x, and Latina/o/x Studies.
    Pages: 28 - 59
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    Author:   Giovanna Montenegro
    Title:  Water in the Peruvian Andes: Ecojusticia and José María Arguedas'
    Abstract:   This article highlights the ongoing environmental challenges faced by Andean Indigenous peoples. By putting the work of Indigenous, decolonial and race scholars from across the Americas in conversation with one another, I lay the groundwork for an approach that blends racial capitalism, ecofeminism, and ecojusticia that is rooted in gendered and Indigenous perspectives and spiritual practices that aim to decolonize the allocation and distribution of natural resources that are the result of centuries-old colonial conflicts over water distribution. I then turn to José María Arguedas’s short story “Agua” (1935), analyzing it through an ecofeminist lens to identify the racial capitalist logics undergirding the long-standing colonial water distribution practices and the environmental justice demanded by the Quechua Indigenous peoples to challenge the exploitation of their natural resources that have persisted in the Peruvian Andes for over one hundred years.
    Pages: 60 - 94
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    Author:   Alicia Gaspar de Alba
    Title:  The Codex Nepantla Project: Transinterpretation as Pocha Poetics, Politics, and Praxis
    Abstract:   Although Chicana feminists have been publishing their scholarship since the 1970s, the greater part of their work is not available in Spanish translation; hence, non-English-speaking feminists in Mexico and Latin America, particularly at the grassroots level, have little access to Chicana feminist/lesbian theory and knowledge. The Codex Nepantla Project, a collective of self-appointed translators and transinterpreters of Chicana feminist theory, has been working for over five years on making Chicana feminist writings and concepts available in Spanish with the interpretive power of visual art via print and open-access platforms. This essay explores some of the ideological questions at the heart of this epistemological conundrum. Why are Anglo-American and French feminist publications as well as queer theory available in Spanish, but not the work of Chicana [lesbian] feminists? Why do Chicana academics write, publish, and present their work predominantly in English? How do Chicanas give agency to their forked, colonized tongues to tell their stories and communicate their theories of self-empowerment? How have Chicana feminists appropriated names, icons, and myths that originate in Mexico and Mexican history, such as Malinche, Coatlicue, Coyoxauhqhi, and resignified them to embody what it means to be a Mexican in a xenophobic country; to be a sexed, raced, classed, and gendered body in white patriarchy? How might art, and specifically Chicana/o iconography, function as a common language between Chicanas and Mexicanas? This essay takes the reader on an epistemological journey of liberation for pocha poetics and conocimiento, and invites readers to join the Codex Nepantla collective’s mission of sneaking Chicana feminist/lesbian theory across the Spanish-speaking border
    Pages: 96 - 120
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    Author:   Aurora Santiago-Ortiz
    Title:  Testimonia as Stitch Work: Undoing Coloniality Through Autoethnography in Puerto Rico
    Abstract:   In this testimonio, I bridge the political, academic, and personal by situating my experiences as an autoethnographer conducting research in Puerto Rico during the months following Hurricane Maria. As a Puerto Rican living in the diaspora, not being in the archipelago with my parents during the storm and its aftermath produced a sense of loss, grief, powerlessness, and survivor’s guilt. I grapple with questions such as: what multiple subjectivities do I inhabit as a researcher visiting my home island? How do I negotiate those subjectivities and identities within myself and with others? In answering these questions, I offer a nuanced account of my intersecting identities and how they impact my interactions with those in the field and how they impacted my choices as an emerging researcher. I argue for a decolonial approach to autoethnography anchored in collective practices, particularly solidarity.
    Pages: 122 - 148
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    Author:   Patricia Marina Trujillo
    Title:  Editor's Commentary: La ultima y nos vamos
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 152 - 155
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    Author:   Christina Urrea Ayala-Alcantar
    Title:  Of Birds and Butterflies: The Continuity of Life after the Death of a Sibling
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 156 - 174
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    Author:   Désirée Zamorano
    Title:  Caperucita Roja
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 176 - 189
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    Author:   Karen Mary Davalos
    Title:  Mending the Body/Mind Split through Transdisciplinary Methods
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 192 - 194
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    Author:   Cristina Rhodes
    Title:  Undoubtedly Smart and Undeniably Brown: The ChicaNerd in Young Adult Literature
    Abstract:   ChicaNerds in Chicana Young Adult Literature: Brown and Nerdy. By Cristina Herrera. New York City: Routledge, 2021. Pp. 176. $44.05 (e-book). $160.00 (hardcover).
    Pages: 196 - 199
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    Author:   Gloria A Negrete-Lopez
    Title:  Poetic Embodiments of Black and Latina Women and Girls
    Abstract:   Aesthetics of Excess: The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment. By Jillian Hernandez. Durham: Duke University Press, 2020. pp 303 $27.95 (paper)
    Pages: 200 - 203
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