Making Face, Making Soul =: Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color

Gloria E. Anzaldua, Other Aunt Lute Books $14.95 (402p) ISBN 978-0-933216-73-0
In her introduction to this anthology of essays and poetry by women of color, Anzaldua ( Borderlands/La Frontera ) says that the reader ``must do the work of piecing this text together,'' because doing so imparts a feeling for the ``fragmented and interrupted dialogue'' with which feminists, especially those of color, must contend in the struggle against patriarchial discourse and the problems that it spawns: racism, myopia, ethnocentricity, outright hatred. From this perspective, reading this book is a cathartic and, potentially, individuating experience; one can gloss over the jargon-laden, anachronistic essays by academically entrenched feminists and take great pleasure reading the writings of students, activists and artists who speak from an experiential viewpoint on such disarming subjects as ``oppressed hair.'' Many of the best pieces, for instance ``Notes from a Fragmented Daughter,'' combine theoretical essay with poetry and personal narration, reflecting a breadth of emotion that most people keep tightly concealed. This is the book's primary purpose, to give voice to thoughts and feelings which have been privatized and occluded. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
Hardcover - 448 pages - 978-1-879960-11-4
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