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 a manifestation of the many gifts of knowledge I have received over the course of my life. Like the different spaces I describe in this text, multi-formed spaces have shaped my intellectual formation. I grew up in a home where ideas, humor, cari

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Preface: A Note of Caution to the Reader

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pp. 1-4

Writing is silent. Barren white spaces hold the cryptic black marks of text. Margins impose an imaginary wholeness, even as they establish a border of difference. They contain the marks and signal their separateness from other texts. I know something about margins and the centers they create. I know that the borders ...

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1. Divas, Atrevidas, y Entendidas: An Introduction to Identities

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pp. 5-36

Identity is about situatedness in motion: embodiment and spatiality. It is about a self that is constituted through and against other selves in contexts that serve to establish the relationship between the self and the other. Places afford preexisting narratives of former encounters; they offer a means of symbolically decoding practices ...

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2. Activism and Identity in the Ruins of Representation

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pp. 37-83

Activism is an engagement with the hauntings of history, a dialogue between the memories of the past and the imaginings of the future manifested through the acts of our own present yearnings. It is an encounter with the ghosts that reside within and inhabit the symbolic and geographic spaces that shape our worlds. ...

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3. The Subject on Trial: Reading In re Tenorio as Transnational Narrative

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pp. 84-113

Enter now the space of a U.S. Immigration Court House, blocks away in downtown San Francisco. Walk past the metal detectors and armed guards and through the cool dry open hallway bustling with lawyers carrying thick black bags. Wait for the elevator that will transport you to the echoing corridor and leave you facing ...

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4. “ Welcome to the Global Stage”: Confessions of a Latina Cyber-Slut”

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pp. 114-152

Una vez, y dos son tres. Once upon a time I entered a volcanic space in an online world, quietly, without expectation, to polish my Spanish and to amuse myself after hours of study. I lingered in silence for a while, lurking, disconcerted by the banter of men who seemed to know one another, frustrated by the myriad of regional colloquialisms, ...

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Epilogue: Closing the Book

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pp. 153-162

At this moment of factitious endings it seems fitting to return to other beginnings, to other texts that I could have produced, other rhizomatic routes I could have followed. And today, this day that I recompose this conclusion, I feel like dancing. (Like Marcelo Ten

Notes

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pp. 163-190

Bibliography

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pp. 191-210

Index

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pp. 211-226

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About the Author

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p. 227

Juana Mar