Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xi

This book is the result of my partnership with Luz Calvo. I thank her for her collegiality, her love, her questioning of my logic and my language but never my capability or integrity. Her arms stretch me, her food nourishes me, her rooms shelter me, and she inspires every poem. ...

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Prologue: A Chicana Lesbian Scholar’s Tale

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pp. xiii-xvi

I have spent the past ten years as a private detective, investigating the stories, the authors, the journals and anthologies, scrutinizing notes on contributors, peering through dusty photographs of authors, jotting notes in my tattered little notebooks. Ashamed, yet excited, I waded knee-deep into stories, into drama. ...

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Introduction: History

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pp. 1-8

Chicana lesbians have been appearing in print for over thirty years. They have been created by heterosexual Chicanas and Chicanos, by lesbian Chicanas, and by other writers whose works fall both within and outside Chicano/a literature. Yet Chicana lesbian writing has yet to be studied as a distinct field—as a body of work ...

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CHAPTER 1. Chicana Lesbian Fictions

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pp. 9-21

The issue of visibility of Chicana (and in many of the cases below, Latina) lesbians is full of ambiguity. Lesbian writers have not always chosen to differentiate themselves from their heterosexual colleagues, either in their writings or in their public statements about their identities. Anthologies of Chicana writing ...

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CHAPTER 2. The Mystery of the Weeping Woman

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pp. 22-41

During my second year as a Ph.D. student, I was a teaching assistant in my first-ever Chicano/a studies class, and I was alternately dubious, furious, and inspired. One of the lectures by Shirley Flores-Muñoz, the instructor, was titled “Post-Colonial Myth, or, A Message from the Past: La Llorona, La Malinche, ...

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CHAPTER 3. Black Velvet Fantasies: “The” Aztec Princess in the Chicana/o Sexual Imagination

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pp. 42-65

Cherríe Moraga lays claim to an economy of desire shared, not along the lines of sexual orientation, but through a cultural imaginary that crosses the border between the United States and Mexico. Moraga’s provocation inspires me to explore Chicana lesbian representations, to articulate the connections between ...

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CHAPTER 4. Sor Juana and the Search for (Queer) Cultural Heroes

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pp. 66-90

Sor Juana In

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CHAPTER 5. Memories of Girlhood: Chicana Lesbian Fictions

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pp. 91-127

In my research on Chicana literature, I found a series of stories in which girlhood provides a space, however restrictive, for lesbian desire. In the socially sanctioned system of comadrazgo, young Chicanas are encouraged to form lifelong female friendships, and it is the intimacy of these relationships that often ...

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CHAPTER 6. Shameless Histories: Talking Race/Talking Sex

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pp. 128-144

To understand this literary engagement with queer Chicana history, I have found it extremely valuable to examine the research of Chicana feminist historians. For example, Deena Gonz

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CHAPTER 7. Queer for the Revolution: The Representation of Politics and the Politics of Representation

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pp. 145-175

This chapter focuses on the representation of Chicana/o politics in queer Chicana writings, specifically in two plays by Cherr

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CHAPTER 8. Conclusion: With Her Machete in Her Hand

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pp. 176-182

Ramón Saldívar (1990) contends that to fully appreciate Chicano/a fiction, it is necessary to examine its genealogy, in particular, its relationship to the discursive erasure of Mexican Americans from the history of the American West. Saldívar observes that such texts “signify the imaginary ways in which historical men ...

APPENDIX. Toward a Chronological Bibliography of Chicana Lesbian Fictions, 1971–2000

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pp. 183-190

Notes

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pp. 191-206

Bibliography

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pp. 207-242

Index

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pp. 243-245