Written during the last decade of her life, Light in the Dark represents the culmination of Gloria E. Anzaldua's mature thought and the most comprehensive presentation of her philosophy. Throughout, Anzaldua weaves personal narratives into deeply engaging theoretical readings to comment on numerous contemporary issues-including the September 11 attacks, neocolonial practices in the art world, and coalitional politics. She valorizes subaltern forms and methods of kwing, being, and creating that have been marginalized by Western thought, and theorizes her writing process as a fully embodied artistic and political practice. Resituating Anzaldua's work within Continental philosophy and new materialism, Light in the Dark takes Anzalduan scholarship in new directions.
Gloria E. Anzaldua (1942-2004) was a visionary writer whose work was recognized with many honors, including the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, a Lambda literary award, the National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Award, and the Bode-Pearson Prize for Outstanding Contributions to American Studies. Her book Borderlands / La frontera was selected as one of the 100 Best Books of the Century by the Hungry Mind Review and the Utne Reader. AnaLouise Keating, Professor of Women's Studies at Texas Woman's University, is the author of Women Reading, Women Writing: Self-Invention in Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldua, and Audre Lorde, Teaching Transformation, and Transformation Now! Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change; editor of Anzaldua's Interviews/Entrevistas, The Gloria Anzaldua Reader, and EntreMundos/AmongWorlds: New Perspectives on Gloria Anzaldua; and co-editor, with Anzaldua, of this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation.