By Cherríe L. Moraga
Thirty years after the e-book of Anzaldúa and Moraga’s assortment This Bridge referred to as My Back, a landmark of women-of-color feminism, Moraga’s literary and political praxis continues to be encouraged by way of and intertwined with indigenous spirituality and her id as Chicana lesbian. but features of her considering have replaced through the years. A Xicana Codex of adjusting Consciousness unearths key alterations in Moraga’s proposal; the breadth, rigor, and philosophical intensity of her paintings; her perspectives on modern debates approximately citizenship, immigration, and homosexual marriage; and her deepening involvement in transnational feminist and indigenous activism. it's a significant assertion from one among our most crucial public intellectuals.
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Extra resources for A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000–2010
A codex is a history told and foretold. I know a little bit about where a x i C a n a D y K e C o D e x o f C hanging ConsCiousness I’ve been in the almost fifty years that is my life. I don’t know where we’re going. I can only conj(ect)ure, which is why I write, to allude to a future for which we must prepare. And so, to that end, may we strive always for illegitimacy and unlawfulness in this criminal culture. May our thoughts and actions remain illicit. May we continue to make art that incites censorship and threatens to bring the army beating down our desert door.
This pure recognition of a moment in his world: those monkey bars, that asphalt playground with painted-on kickball fields and tetherball circles, this mama arriving to pick me up as promised, knowing the afternoon snack will be waiting, the two hours of homework sitting at the kitchen table with sorta sister across from me, we both working word problems onto a sheet of photocopied preguntas. Momma working all the time with her hands, as we are with our minds, cleaning the kitchen, banging around pots and pans, chop chop chopping ajo, cebolla, celery into our evening dinner.
S. citizens, have refused to fully wage against our nation-state. We are not yet witnessing the same mass graves as El Salvador in the 1980s, but this is our twenty-firstcentury civil war, in which our compatriots are being buried under corporate skyscrapers. This morning I dreamed the bodies of the fallers, those who jumped off the top floors of the blazing World Trade Center—not to save their lives, but their skins, to escape that deadly burning of flesh. They drop head over heels, their arms stretched out against the sky in their wish for wings.
A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000–2010 by Cherríe L. Moraga