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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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here They feel attacked by the world and react with negativity.

Her mixed heritage, which is completely out of her control just like skin color, causes society to treat her differently just as Hurston described. It can se difficult to be an individual, or member, of several social, classed, gendered, racialized groups but never feeling quite at home in either.

Notify me of new comments via email. These feminist, post-modernist and post-structuralist theories are all working toward redirecting feminism to make it more inclusive. This is very similar to the writings of those authors of the Harlem Renaissance we discussed, such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.

Her beliefs were replaced with American values and it was a struggle for her. I believe that this excerpt is extremely significant because this is how a lot of people felt mestizw their cultures around this time period. This entry was posted on August 15, at 7: Towards a New Consciousness.

Moreover, like Butler and Harawayshe is blatantly against the idea of an inner essence or an inner core identity and argues for a divergent cpnciencia of thinking about identity as being constituted in a plurality of experiences, histories, and cultures. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The consciousness of the Borderlands neither knows or upholds boundaries. Gloria Anzaldua is obviously torn between cultures and struggling with finding an identity for herself, as she is undecided on customs of Chicana, Mexican, or Native American cultures.


She has beliefs of two cultures that have their own values. Anzaldua also takes up masculinity as a fragmented identity and recognizes that new masculinities emerge out of the transmission of cultures in the Borderlands. Her argument is such that the conciendia way to revolutionize and create social change is if mesriza individual and collective consciousness actively breaks down and uproots dualistic thinking Anzaldua, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

I agree with Lindsey Taylor.

Only then can we see a way out of oppression through social revolution. They may not know how to find a balance between their heritages.

I would also add that each person of conciencua story believe that the cultures being together is not something that is wrong, but others make them believe that it is wrong. Notify me of new posts via email. For Anzaldua, the new consciousness arising out cocniencia this struggle over borders creates a non-dualistic way of thinking and being.

Gloria Anzaldua’s “La Conciencia de la Mestiza”

Because as a Mestiza you do not belong to one category concienia intertwine with a range of others. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. To label yourself as a new Mestiza you are automatically expressing multitudes of races, cultural and ideological terms into this one word. Email required Address never made public. This site uses cookies. Moreover, the Borderlands concienxia any space where those in the lower, middle, and upper classes approximate each other, where people of different races live together socially, and where cultures merge.

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I am cultureless because, as a feminist, I challenge the collective tured because I am participating in the creation of yet another culture, a new story to explain the world and our participation in it, a new value system with images and symbols that connect us to each other and to the planet. Being a woman of mixed ethnicities, a mestiza, Anzaldua becomes a physical representation of a clash of cultures.


It has to occur between people and individual frames of consciousness; having a consciousness of the Borderlands. How does she represent the cultures she is made up of equally, without leaving one slightly in the shadow?

They may criticize our culture, but we also have our own criticisms about them.

This site uses cookies. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. You can think of it as a contradiction within itself. To understand this passage we first must analyze what this term means.

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These women battle with finding their roots in one belief, one value system. You are commenting using your Facebook account. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Even though they are apart of every culture, not every culture believes that they should mix with another culture. Identities, or people rather, learn to live in all cultures and in the Borderlands by not having to choose between cultures.

Each culture has its gloriaa beliefs and values, and although she is technically a combination of all them, it is easy to feel not apart of any of them.

Discourse, utterance, and madness Just another WordPress. Even though Anzaldua writes from a different place than other theorists like Haraway and Butler, it seems as though she influences and is influenced by their post-modern writings of identity.

I think all three of these authors pose the question: As a result of her sexual identity, she is placed in opposition to her racial identity. Though they hold Mexican beliefs, they are trying to balance the culture of their other heritages.