Gloria E. Anzaldúa

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Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (26 September 1942, Harlingen, Texas, United States – 15 May 2004, Santa Cruz, California, United States) was an American scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, on her life growing up on the Mexico–Texas border and incorporated her lifelong experiences of social and cultural marginalization into her work. She also developed theories about the marginal, in-between, and mixed cultures that develop along borders, including on the concepts of Nepantla, Coyoxaulqui imperative, new tribalism, and spiritual activism.


  • "Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers", in This Bridge Called My Back, eds. Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, 1979; repr., 2nd ed., pp 162-174. Written May 1980. WP.
    • Tala i tungor, intro. & trans. Burcu Sahin, Stockholm: Modernista, 2020, 12 pp. [1] (Swedish)
  • editor, with Cherríe Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Watertown, MA: Persephone Press, 1981; 2nd ed., forew. Toni Cade Bambara, New York: Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1983, xxvi+261 pp; 3rd ed., rev. & exp., Berkeley, CA: Third Woman Press, 2002, lviii+370+[8] pp; 4th ed., Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2015, xlvii+286 pp.
  • Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza, San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1987, 203 pp; 2nd ed., intro. Sonia Saldívar-Hull, 1999, 251 pp; 3rd ed., 2007, 255 pp; 4th ed., intro. Norma E. Cantú and Aída Hurtado, 2012, 300 pp; repr., Madrid: Capitan Swing, 2016. WP. (English),(Spanish)
    • Terre di confine / La frontera, ed. & pref. Paola Zaccaria, Bari: Palomar, 2000, 271 pp; repr., 2006, 271 pp. (Italian),(Spanish)
    • "La conciencia de la mestiza: rumo a uma nova consciência", trans. Ana Cecilia Acioli Lima, Revista Estudos Feministas 13:3, Florianópolis, Sep-Dec 2005; repr. in Pensamento feminista: conceitos fundamentais, ed. Heloisa Buarque de Hollanda, Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2019. Trans. of a chapter. (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • "Conscience de la Mestiza: vers une novelle conscience", in Théories féministes et queers décoloniales: interventions Chicanas et Latinas états-uniennes, eds. Paola Bacchetta and Jules Falquet, Paris: Université Paris Diderot: Éditions iXe, 2011. Trans. of a chapter. (French)
    • "La coscienza della mestiza", in Donne si diventa: antologia del pensiero femminista, ed. Eleonora Missana, Milan: Feltrinelli, 2014. (Italian)
Children's books
  • La fea, 1958.
  • Prietita Has a Friend, 1991.
  • Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del otro lado, ills. Consuelo Méndez, San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 1993, [32] pp. (English)/(Spanish)
  • Prietita and the Ghost Woman / Prietita y la llorona, ills. Christina González, San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 1995. (English)/(Spanish)
    • La donna fantasma, trans. Marina Baruffaldi, Milan: Mondadori, 1999, 31 pp. (Italian)