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Books by Gloria Anzaldua

UTSA hosts symposium on Chicana writer

By Tanya Hulbert
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Nov. 2, 2007)--The UTSA Women's Studies Institute, UTSA Mexico Center and Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa will host a symposium, "Güeras y Prietas: Celebrating 20 years of Borderlands/La Frontera," from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 in Frio Street Building Room 1.512 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Pre-symposium readings are 7-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at Trinity University Northrup Hall Room 040.

The 2007 symposium marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Gloria Anzaldúa's "Borderlands/La Frontera" with an anniversary edition. The event commemorates an on-going collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM). The gathering of Anzaldúa scholars and devotees will explore issues of activism and scholarship.

For more information, contact Norma Cantu, UTSA professor of English, classics and philosophy, at (210) 458-5134.

To reserve a seat at the symposium, contact Carolyn Motley at (210) 458-6277.


Bio: Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (1942-2004) was a Chicana lesbian feminist writer, poet, scholar and activist. According to Wikipedia, she co-edited many books on cultural theory and authored numerous fictional and poetic works, weaving English and Spanish together. Anzaldúa contributed to the definition of "feminism" and the fields of Chicana and queer cultural theory.

She was born in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas in 1942. At age 11, her family relocated to Hargill, Texas. Despite racism, sexism and other forms of oppression, she grew up as a sixth-generation Tejana and graduated from college. She earned a B.A. degree from Pan American University, and an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

In 1977, she moved to California where she supported herself through writing, lectures and occasional university teaching stints. She died in 2004 from complications of diabetes.

She is most famous for co-editing "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color" (1981) with Cherríe Moraga, editing "Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color" (1990) and co-editing "This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation" (2002).

Among other books, she wrote "Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza" (1987). Her children's books include "Prietita Has a Friend" (1991) and "Friends from the Other Side: Amigos del Otro Lado" (1993).

Anzaldúa's published and unpublished manuscripts, among other archival resources, form part of the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.

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