Journal Article — Constructing Mestiza Consciousness: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Literary Techniques in Borderlands/La Frontera—The New Mestiza — by Tereza Kynclová
In this essay I argue that the literary techniques in Borderlands/La Frontera–The New Mestiza as well as the form of the book are means by which Anzaldúa (also) renders her identity politics-the Mestiza consciousness. In other words, Mestiza consciousness does not come into being solely through the content of the book and the meaning of Anzaldúa’s written words. It is chiseled also by a unique employment of multiple literary techniques that themselves embody a meaning and/or a value by which a layer of the writer’s identity is implied. The essay provides an analysis of the strategic use of code-switching, first- and third-person transitions and related alternations in points of view from which Anzaldúa portrays a single event. Bilingualism of the book is also paid attention to and it is argued that each of Anzaldúa’s languages refers to different value systems and to different lived experience. Further, this article shows at length the roots of Anzaldúa’s persuasion that writing can possess therapeutic and healing qualities both for the writer and the reader and that in general artistic creation bears transformative potentials.
Kynclová, Tereza. 2006. “Constructing Mestiza Consciousness: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Literary Techniques in Borderlands/La Frontera—The New Mestiza.” Pp. 43-56 in Re-Membering Anzaldúa: Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldua in Self and Global Transformations (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume IV, Special Issue, 2006.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).
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