Interviews by Gloria Anzaldua; AnaLouise Keating

cover of the book InterviewsInterviews by Gloria Anzaldua; AnaLouise Keating
Genre: Biography
Copyright Year: 2000
Published: 2000
Publisher: Psychology Press
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Format: Trade Paperback
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No. of Pages: 306
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ISBN: 9780415925044
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In this memoir-like collection, Anzaldúa’s powerful voice speaks clearly and passionately. She recounts her life, explains many aspects of her thought, and explores the intersections between her writings and postcolonial theory. For readers engaged in postcoloniality, feminist theory, ethnic studies, or queer identity, Interviews/Entrevistas will be a key contemporary document. — Amazon. com Review Among the most daring and influential of feminist theorists, Gloria E. Anzaldúa has long valued the interview process, considering it an intermediate form of writing–‘part of communicating, which is part of writing, which is part of life’–as well as a means of self-discovery. As a result, she has granted at least a hundred interviews over the past 20 years, 10 of which, the earliest dating from 1982, are collected here by AnaLouise Keating. Lightly edited to avoid repetition, these interviews shed light on Anzaldúa’s theories of convergence and the mestizaje, her spiritual views, the role of hallucinogenic drugs in her creativity, her literary influences, and the genesis of her various books, especially her best-known works, This Bridge Called My Back and Borderlands/La Frontera. In fact, since Anzaldúa’s writings are so intensely personal, readers new to her may find that starting with the interviews makes as much sense as starting with her books. Although most of these pieces have been previously published, it is wonderful to have them in a single volume, and even better that Keating has gone back to the original tapes or transcripts in order to restore excised material–which almost always, incidentally, deals with Anzaldúa’s rich and complicated spiritual life. Interviews/Entrevistas offers welcome insight into a remarkable writer’s mind. –Regina Marler Review This impressive collection of itnerviews offers us a sustained look at Gloria Anzaldua’s insistence on theorizing the personal and on infusing the political with the poetic–words which have shaped feminist theories and practices over the last tow decades. –Angela Davis. All of [Anzaldua’s] writing draws upon intensely personal sources, which makes interviews with her so enlightening. — San Antonio Express-News Gloria Anzaldua’s boundless generosity of spirit glows throughout these interviews. I especially enjoy her ideas about space/time and the nature of reality (or the many realities. . . ). — Leslie Marmon Silko, author of Almanac of the Dead The book brings together difficult-to-access materials that provide considerable insight into an unusual life. — Publishers Weekly For the prolific lesbian Chicana author, interviews are another kind of oral writing that provides an immediacy, an openness, and a self-exposure greater that that of any spontaneity in hermeticulously revised publications. These dialogues and conversations give Anzaldua’s perspectives on her work, the multiple and overlapping realities of her life, her beliefs about fluid sexual identities and desires, and her theories on convergence–a way of writing that combines the sexual, the mental, the emotional, and the psychic-supernatural in a written stream-of-consciousness. — Booklist This memoir-like collection will appeal especially to the author’s longtime fans. — Curve This impressive collection of itnerviews offers us a sustained look at Gloria Anzaldua’s insistence on theorizing the personal and on infusing the political with the poetic–words which have shaped feminist theories and practices over the last tow decades. — Angela Davis This impressive collection of interviews offers us a sustained look at Gloria Anzaldua’s insistence on theorizing the personal and on infusing the political with the poetic–words which have shaped feminist theories and practices over the last two decades. — Angela Davis
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