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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An example of the contradictions of which she speaks is through a brief discussion of the identities of women of colour.

This supercedes the need to identify either as oppressed or take on the position of the oppressor. How can she be fully xonciencia by one of these cultures, without ignoring some parts of the other two?

Butler would perhaps use the language of not having to choose between being intelligible or unintelligible, as either being on the outside or inside of culture.

I think all three of these authors pose the question: As a result of her gender, la mestiza is placed in opposition cocniencia masculinit. To label yourself as a new Mestiza you are automatically expressing multitudes of races, cultural and ideological terms into this one word.

This entry was posted on August 15, at 7: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Identities, or people rather, learn to live in all cultures and in the Borderlands by not having to choose between cultures.

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She clnciencia an American woman who is bound by the roots of a Mexican heritage, a chicana struggling with the authenticities of the cultures she is made up of.

Gloria Anzaldua’s “La Conciencia de la Mestiza” | American Literature II (Present)

Her beliefs were replaced with American values and it was a struggle for her. Gkoria is describing the complexity of being a new Mestiza. Lla struggles to find an identity for herself with these new cultures and somehow yearns for them to be merged in one identity and remain herself, while also trying to be accepted in society. The significance being that neither culture truly accepts you because you are apart of the other.

Because as a Mestiza you do not belong to one category but intertwine with a range of others. Ultimately, it is in a constant state of ambiguity, and this ambiguity must be tolerated.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.

She makes her own world that permits her to give new meanings to terms and circumstances because she shares a wide range of identities. This is very similar ls the writings of those authors of the Harlem Renaissance we discussed, such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Are her choices based off of society or off of which one has a stronger presence in her life? You are commenting using your Twitter account. She is struggling with what cultural customs are deemed appropriate while still maintaining the other two cultures and creating a new identity for herself with other la mestiza.


This leaves them stuck on the outskirts, not being accepted by any culture. Email required Address never made public.

Gloria Anzaldua’s “La Conciencia de la Mestiza”

The sorting out the contradictions embedded between these social identities requires a tolerance for ambiguity Anzaldua, She is ambiguous and has no concirncia place she can call home. But in the essay, Anzauldua says she feels ostracized for her multi-ethnicities. While these different cultures may have animosity in superiority and how they should be represented in her life, which one stands stronger to her?

It has to occur between people and individual frames of consciousness; having a consciousness of the Conciehcia. This was just to appeal to an audience that would more readily look at their poems. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This site uses cookies. Like many other non Latin American places there are plenty of other women that deal with this multicultural conflict.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Moreover, Anzaldua makes a plea for the recognition of the post-modern human. To understand this passage we first must analyze what this term means.