Decolonial Voices

Decolonial Voices

Chicana and Chicano Cultural Studies in the 21st Century
Edited by Arturo J Aldama and Naomi Quinonez
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/04/2002
Format: Paperback 22 b&w photos, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21492-8
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The interdisciplinary essays in Decolonial Voices discuss racialized, subaltern, feminist, and diasporic identities and the aesthetic politics of hybrid and mestiza/o cultural productions. This collection represents several key directions in the field: First, it charts how subaltern cultural productions of the US/ Mexico borderlands speak to the intersections of "local," "hemispheric," and "globalized" power relations of the border imaginary. Second, it recovers the Mexican women’s and Chicana literary and cultural heritages that have been ignored by Euro-American canons and patriarchal exclusionary practices. It also expands the field in postnationalist directions by creating an interethnic, comparative, and transnational dialogue between Chicana and Chicano, African American, Mexican feminist, and U.S. Native American cultural vocabularies.

Contributors include Norma Alarcón, Arturo J. Aldama, Frederick Luis Aldama, Cordelia Chávez Candelaria, Alejandra Elenes, Ramón Garcia, María Herrera-Sobek, Patricia Penn Hilden, Gaye T. M. Johnson, Alberto Ledesma, Pancho McFarland, Amelia María de la Luz Montes, Laura Elisa Pérez, Naomi Quiñonez, Sarah Ramirez, Rolando J. Romero, Delberto Dario Ruiz, Vicki Ruiz, José David Saldívar, Anna Sandoval, and Jonathan Xavier Inda.

Author Bio

Arturo J. Aldama is Associate Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Disrupting Savagism:Intersecting Chicana/o, Mexicana/o and Native American Struggles for Representation and several articles on Chicana/o and Native American cultural, literary and filmic studies. He is also Director elect for the Chicana and Chicano literary studies executive committee of the Modern Language Association.

Naomi Quiñonez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at Cal State Fullerton. She is a widely anthologized poet and the author of Hummingbird Dreams/ Sueño de Colibri; The Smoking Mirror (1998); the editor of Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry. Her scholarly work appears in several anthologies and special issues of top refereed journals.


“Decolonial Voices offers a range of interdisciplinary essays that discuss racialized, subaltern, feminist, and diasporic identities and the aesthetic politics of hybrid and mestiza/o cultural productions. In doing so, this volume brings together a body of theoretically rigorous interdisciplinary essays that articulate and expand the contours of Chicana and Chicano cultural studies.”

“Aldama (Arizona State Univ.) and Quiñones (California State Univ., Fullerton) have assembled a remarkable range of essays on topics ranging from dresses and body art, film, popular music (including Chicano rap), and literary works to race, nationalism, and gender. . . . This essential work cuts across disciplinary boundaries and illuminates many aspects of contemporary Chicana/o life.November 2002”
 — Choice

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Table of Contents



Foreword by María Herrera-Sobek

Introduction: Peligro! Subversive Subjects: Chicana and Chicano Cultural Studies in the 21st Century." Arturo J. Aldama and Naomi Quiñonez.

1. Arturo J. Aldama, "Borders, Violence and the Struggles for Chicana/o Subjectivity."

2. Laura Pérez, "Dresses and Body Decoration in Contemporary Chicana Art."

3. Ramón Garcia, "New Iconographies: Film Culture in Chicano Cultural Production."

4. Frederick Luis Aldama, "New Millennia Chicano/a Bodies in Edward J. Olmos’ American Me."

5. Jonathan Xavier Inda, "Biopower, Reproduction, and the Migrant Woman's Body."

6. Norma Alarcón, "Anzaldúa’s Frontera: Inscribing Gynetics."

7. Naomi Quiñonez, "Hijas de La Malinche: Re-Writing Postcolonial Discourse Through the
Literature of First Wave Chicana Writers."

8. Patricia Penn Hilden, "How the Border Lies: Some Historical Reflections."

9. Amelia María de la Luz Montes, "How I am Received": Nationalism, Race and Gender in
Who Would Have Thought It?"

10. Cordelia Candelaria, "Engendering Re/Solutions: The (Feminist) Legacy of Estela Portillo Trambley (1926-1998)."

11. Anna Sandoval, "Unir Los Lazos: Toward a Comparative Study of Chicana and Mexicana

12. Sarah Ramirez, "Borders, Feminism and Spirituality: Movements in Chicana Artistic Revisioning."

13. Alejandra Elenes, "Border/Transformative Pedagogies at the End of the Millennium: Chicana/o Cultural Studies and Education."

14. José David Saldívar, "On the Bad Edge of La Frontera."

15. Pancho McFarland, "‘Here is Something You Can’t Understand’: Chicano Rap and the Critique of Globalization."

16. Gaye T. M Johnson, "A Sifting of Centuries: Afro-Chicana/o Interaction and Popular Musical Culture."