GLORIA ANZALDUA ILa conciencia de la mestiza: mestiza consciousness; consciousness of the new mestiza consciousness, una conciencia de mujer. when it comes to using Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera with uninitiated students for whom crossing a border means leaving the state of. La conciencia de la mestiza/towards a new consciousness: an inter-american conversation with Gloria Anzaldúa. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. , vol, n

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. Whites would essentially make fun of black culture. Anzaldua also takes up masculinity as a fragmented identity and recognizes that new masculinities emerge out of the transmission of cultures in the Borderlands. These women battle with finding their roots in one belief, one value system. This realm of feminist theory attempts to not only move feminism forward, but to redirect it in a more inclusive direction by addressing difference and drawing attention to the ways in which identities have shifted in the late twentieth century.

Sandra Cisneros write in both English and Concincia because it helps to unite both races. Each culture has its mstiza beliefs and values, and although she is technically a combination of mestoza them, it is easy to feel not apart of any of them.

They spoke about being black in a white America and the cultural differences.

A Mestiza has mestoza ancestry but also shares current civilization blood and traditions. Though they hold Mexican beliefs, they are trying to balance the culture of their other heritages. No matter where you go concifncia what you do, culture is always there. It is a consciousness of the Borderlands. She redefines herself and the surroundings she is in. Email required Address never made public.

I believe that this excerpt is extremely significant because this is how a lot of people felt about their cultures around this time period.

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Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Conclencia makes a plea to feminists to bridge identities and to understand identities as always being constituted in the Borderlands. You are commenting using your WordPress.


The text reminds me of Zitkala-Sa The School Days of an Indian Girl as she is not necessarily forced to give up her culture but it torn between which cultures to embrace, similar to the Native Americans. Within this sphere of feminist thought, it is crucial for feminism s to embrace the contradictory identities and cultures that emerge from the Borderlands which are made visible only through seeing passed the dominant Western myths and constructs put in place by the pervasiveness of modernity.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Although she sees humanity in such a way, majority of society views each colored bag very differently. I thought this was a very well written and very direct to your perspectives, good job again! Butler would perhaps use the language of not having to choose between being intelligible or unintelligible, as either being on the outside or mrstiza of culture.

We all live in the Borderlands and instead of responding to the collision of culture by taking a stance on either side of the border, rendering us part of these Western constructs, we can include and embrace our identities as contradictory, different, and ambiguous.

Gloria Anzaldua’s “La Conciencia de la Mestiza”

Their culture was, and still is, constantly attacked. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here But in the essay, Anzauldua says she feels ostracized for her multi-ethnicities. This supercedes the need to identify either as oppressed or take on the position of the oppressor. Notify me of new comments via email. Anzaldua understands this same concept.

The consciousness of the Borderlands neither knows or upholds boundaries. Also, being a feminist puts even more pressure in this already foggy existence.

She is working to develop a new path towards looking at the world. This conflict of white poets culture vs the black poets culture is something that drove mrstiza poets to push away their heritage and culture in favor of the whites poet style. Identities, or people rather, learn to live in all cultures and in the Borderlands by not having to choose between cultures. She is an American woman who is bound cociencia the roots of a Mexican heritage, a chicana struggling with the authenticities of the cultures coniencia is made up of.


They struggled with this racial battle within themselves trying to discover how they wanted to glori seen and how they were seen. Moreover, like Butler and Harawayshe is blatantly against the idea of an inner essence or an inner core identity and argues for a divergent way of thinking about identity as being constituted in a plurality of experiences, histories, and cultures.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. This is a recurring anzadlua stance in post-modern feminist writings: Moreover, the Borderlands are any space where those in the lower, middle, and upper classes approximate each mesriza, where people of different races live conciwncia socially, and where cultures merge. Only then can we see a way out of oppression through social revolution. Eliminating sexist oppression and uniting all peoples, forming a new society that has a balanced ideology.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. As opposed to either being inside of oppressive culture or on the constitutive outside, Anzaldua understands identity as being completely immersed in the Borderlands, the space where cultures not only merge and collide but also where difference, diversity, and contradiction is celebrated. She is complex but focus in the direction she wants to head. As a lesbian I have no race, my own people disclaim me; but I am all races because there is the queer of me in all races.