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- DescriptionOne of America's leading interpreters of the Chicana experience dismantles the discourses that frame women who rebel against patriarchal strictures as bad women and offers empowering models of struggle, resistance, and rebirth. What the women I write about have in common is that they are all rebels with a cause, and I see myself represented in their mirror, asserts Alicia Gaspar de Alba. Looking back across a career in which she has written vels, poems, and scholarly works about Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, la Malinche, Coyolxauhqui, the murdered women of Juarez, the Salem witches, and Chicana lesbian feminists, Gaspar de Alba realized that what links these historically and socially diverse figures is that they all fall into the category of bad women, as defined by their place, culture, and time, and all have been punished as well as remembered for rebelling against the frames imposed on them by capitalist patriarchal discourses. In [Un]Framing the Bad Woman, Gaspar de Alba revisits and expands several of her published articles and presents three new essays to analyze how specific brown/female bodies have been framed by racial, social, cultural, sexual, national/regional, historical, and religious discourses of identity - as well as how Chicanas can be liberated from these frames. Employing interdisciplinary methodologies of activist scholarship that draw from art, literature, history, politics, popular culture, and feminist theory, she shows how the bad women who interest her are transgressive bodies that refuse to cooperate with patriarchal dictates about what constitutes a good woman and that queer/alter the male-centric and heterormative history, politics, and consciousness of Chica/Mexica culture. By unframing these bad women and rewriting their stories within a revolutionary frame, Gaspar de Alba offers her companeras and fellow luchadoras empowering models of struggle, resistance, and rebirth.
- Author BiographyALICIA GASPAR DE ALBA, a native of the El Paso/Juarez border, is Professor and Chair of the Cesar Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA. She has published eight other books, including Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master's House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition.
- Author(s)Alicia Gaspar de Alba
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/07/2014
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note8 color and 37 b&w photos
- Weight766 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine29 mm
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