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ERIC Number: EJ868526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
Queering the Cosmic Race: Esotericism, Mestizaje, and Sexuality in the Work of Gabriela Mistral and Gloria Anzaldua
Tace Hedrick
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v34 n2 p 67-98 Fall 2009
Despite their differences in place and time, the woman-centered Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral and the Chicana lesbian feminist writer Gloria Anzaldua both looked to a transnational intellectual American history that frequently connected discourses of esotericism, indigenismo, and mestizaje. My comparative approach shows how both women used these discourses as a way to reconceptualize the subjectivity of the queer, indigenous-identified mestiza in a modern world. Notions of a new cosmic consciousness achieved via racial synthesis echo through twentieth-century Latin American and Chicana/o texts; theosophical ideas about race and spirit were deeply influential in Mistral's writing and beliefs, and theosophy in turn informed the New Age feminist spirituality that helped shape Anzaldua's work. Outlining a history of the connections between these esoteric beliefs and those of mestizaje, and indigenismo, I show how Mistral and, later, Anzaldua inherited and rewrote these notions by incorporating them into a queer sensibility.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Chile