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ERIC Number: EJ880844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
The Curandera of Conquest: Gloria Anzaldua's Decolonial Remedy
Hartley, George
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v35 n1 p135-161 Spr 2010
In this essay I argue that the primary role that Gloria Anzaldua creates for herself as a writer and activist is that of the curandera of conquest, the healer of "la herida abierta" (the open wound) created by the borders imposed by capitalism, nationalism, imperialism, sexism, homophobia, and racism. After examining Anzaldua's "Prietita and the Ghost Woman" as both an illustration (in content) and an example (in enactment) of her practice as a curandera, I provide a brief overview of curanderismo and key developments in the theories of decolonization within global indigenous studies since the turn of the twenty-first century. I read Anzaldua's decolonizing work as a companion to this recent decolonization move within indigenous theory and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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