Sacred Iconographies in Chicana Cultural Productions

Hardcover | February 13, 2013

byClara Román-odio

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This book examines the iconography of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a force for social justice and feminist emancipation within Chicana cultural productions from 1975 to 2010. In these productions the Virgin serves as a paradigm to unlock the histories of conquest and colonization, racism, gender, and sexual oppression in the US-Mexico borderland and beyond, and as a means to negotiate new social relations through spiritual mestizaje.

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This book examines the iconography of the Virgin of Guadalupe as a force for social justice and feminist emancipation within Chicana cultural productions from 1975 to 2010. In these productions the Virgin serves as a paradigm to unlock the histories of conquest and colonization, racism, gender, and sexual oppression in the US-Mexico bo...

Clara Román-Odio is Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages, and Literatures at Kenyon College, USA.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 13, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340008

ISBN - 13:9780230340008

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Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Treachery and Emancipatory Power of Chicana Iconographies
1. Chicana Theory in the Flesh: A Bridgefor the Transnational Feminist Movement
2. Nepantlismo, Chicana Approach to Colonial Ideology
3. Spiritualities of Dissent and Storytelling in Chicana Literature
4. Globalization and Chicana Politics of Representation
5. Queering the Sacred: Love as Oppositional Social Action
Conclusion

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“This landmark publication advances the fields of de-colonial liberation, divinity, and cultural studies. In these pages our guides are ‘anti-icons’ who stand against systems of domination, the divine mothers Tonantzin, Mary, Coatlaxopeuh, the Virgin de Guadalupe, the feminine and the matrilineal, here to teach us twenty-first-century spiritualties of dissent. Today these figures are facilitating an emerging planetary culture that functions beyond and without borders. This book’s method makes their presence visible - but only if readers are able to think in and through a de-colonizing feminism that is at once spiritual, political, global, and Chicana.” - Chela Sandoval, author of Methodology of the Oppressed “Sacred Iconographies in Chicana Cultural Productions examines methodological and pedagogical strategies for understanding how La Virgen de Guadalupe has served and continues to serve as a venue for artistic and literary expressions of Chicana feminist ways of knowing.” - Josie Méndez-Negrete, Associate Professor, Mexican American Studies, College of Education and Human Development, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA “Sacred Iconographies in Chicana Cultural Production is a powerful treatise on the transformative and egalitarian impetus behind Chicana spiritual expression. In this book, Román-Odio deftly analyzes and deconstructs the numerous ways Chicana feminist spirituality challenges and decenters patriarchal and colonial forms of organized religion.” - Guisela Latorre, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, The Ohio State University, USA