Bodily encounters: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera

Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida


Gloria Anzaldúa’s polymorphous text suggests a controversial and contradictory locus of bodily encounters, as the above quotes exemplify: on the one hand, it is, for her, a place which is necessarily defined by the metaphor of the crossroads as a positive and regenerating site that
demolishes frontiers and, on the other hand, it is conceived as a painful and treacherous place, a "thin edge of barbwire" (35). This locus of bodily encounters, like Anzaldúa’s text itself, is also clearly a gendered space: as she puts it, it is her home, the politicized place she speaks from—the place of the Chicana, the new mestiza.


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