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Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma

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The "I" in these critical essays by novelist, poet, scholar, and activist/curandera Ana Castillo is that of the Mexic-Amerindian woman living in the United States. The essays are addressed to everyone interested in the roots of the colonized woman's reality. Castillo introduces the term Xicanisma in a passionate call for a politically active, socially committed Chicana fem ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by University of New Mexico Press (first published 1994)
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Apr 05, 2016 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Massacre of the Dreamers is crucial literature for any activist in the 21st century, as Castillo searingly navigates through the century-old roots of oppression at the heart of the Americas: the oppression of the brown woman.

Castillo not only details the layers of misogyny in the multiple systems which brown women have faced throughout their existence, but she also manages to cast a vision for those of us who want to be allies of Xicanisma --Chicana-based feminist consciousness -- as we seek to
Ana Castillo issues a call to action for consciousness-raising centered on the experiences, legacy and potential of female-bodied women who trace their ancestry to the peoples of Mexico - Mexic Amerindians, or Chicanas.

The strengths of her project include her literary surveys of religious and political ideologies having major influence on Chicana thinking/practices, an interview-based case study of the Watsonville women's strike in the early 1900s, and her discussion of what she calls the mothe
Lourdes Cambridge
I became interested in the Chicano and Cholo movements through Edward James Olmos...and in Mexican Revolutionary Art through Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I had the opportunity to tour Chicana sewing sweat shops in Yuma Arizona and in Los Angeles. I had a friend... Marta...who sold imported goods at the border market and who was building two for her mother and one for herself in a town in Central Mexico with those proceeds. There were no males on that scene. I toured the fields duri ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a woman searching for stories to illuminate my path or cast guidance on certain struggles--be they in love, work, motherhood, sexuality, as an artist or dreamer or someone who's felt the death and rejection that comes with being born to the 'wrong' class or gender; I have never been able to find a solid foothold in the pantheon of famous feminist writers who to me all seemed bizarrely canonized for their whiny lamentations and suicides...I'm talking about women like Virginia Wolf, Sylvia Plat ...more
Geoffrey Nutting
Worth reading to get to know the author's background and life philosophy. I'd read Sapogonia earlier (good read, but I don't have an extensive background in difficulties Chicanas face in life). As a white male(who has lived in Mexico & Peru),this gave me better understanding of women's(Chicana or white or ...) issues in a male-dominated, male-constructed society that does not treat women as equal partners in society, & how current roles in society have been legitimized by our social inst ...more
Jan 03, 2008 César rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in chican@ theory
Shelves: essays
i have very mixed feelings about this book. on the one hand, ana castillo, in introducing the concept of "xicanisma" (an expansion of chicana feminism), takes appealing positions on interesting topics ranging from literary theory to sexuality. on the other hand, the writing is tough to follow. at times it comes across as disjointed and hollow. in the end, reading these essays was an adventure in frustration largely because i felt that she often jumped from one interesting idea to another in the ...more
Michael Mosley
This was overall pretty good though there was some fatalism within a lot of the book's arguments (and the general critique of marxism-leninism falling from a rather liberal standpoint didn't sit well with me, obviously), i.e. that because things were one way in the past w/in activism they will be that way in the future, a lot of the terms were really dated (i.e. referring to women's oppression based on physiognomy was rather embarrassing to read) and the cissexism could do without but there were ...more
Jun 06, 2008 Alma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Chicana studies
I had the pleasure of meeting Ana Castillo this past November. There were only 15 of us at the reading, so we had the honor of an intimate reading, question and answer session. Afterwards, my sister Lucia and I had a great long conversation with her. She is a brilliant and talented woman, who inspired me to continue with my graduate education. My only regret is that I didn't bring my digital camera!
Oct 03, 2009 Joaquin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Badass. Ana Castillo is hard core on her essays about gender, race, sexual preference, and class. This mujer knows how to break it down...poetically even. Not sure how I ended up reading it on Christmas.
bought it because there was one essay assigned in college. it has been sitting on the shelf since then. So now I have read all of it. basically she is saying everyone comes with different baggage. Here is a group with baggage that you can make subsets.
Ana Castillo is amongst our Xicana visionaries. Her strong spirited voice appeals to all readers. She is a role-model, educator, and healer (in my mind). This book is a foundational text in Xicana/ Chicano Studies.
Dec 17, 2007 Emelda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This has been one of my favorite books of all time. My copy is dog eared, written in, and the pages are a bit loose.

Interested in queer rights, feminism, mexican/chicana history and theory, religious influence on life, and more? You must read this book.
Jul 11, 2008 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me forever to get through, but it had some jewels. I would be reading, my eyes about to close, and suddenly "WHAM!" she put my deep-seated woes in prefect prose.
Moonkey Ocampo
Obras sobre el concientizmo xicana mexicana. Classic, must be read!! Its a good primer for those interested in chicana feminista literature.
Sep 05, 2014 Natalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First experience with Chianismo. Love.
Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma by Ana Castillo (1995)
Mexican/Latino feminism and machismo. At one time in my life, I would have eaten this stuff up. Now, it's just OK.
May 06, 2011 Fabiola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my life in my early 20s ... or I was ready to change my life and this book a godsend.
Aug 17, 2009 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 16, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
every semester baby - so worth it for everyone to read - love the poem The turquoise ones. She is one of the few that explores motherhood
excellent history of how racism. discrimination works in both subtle and over ways in academia
As seen in The University of Chicago Magazine:
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Oct 21, 2008 Sandra Trevino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From this book I learned how important culture is to certain people. It's empowering for women, especially Latinas.
Sep 15, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chicana lit. readers; feminist readers
I really enjoyed this work and its examination of female archetypes.
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