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Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color

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A bold collection of creative pieces and theoretical essays by women of color. New thought and new dialogue: a book that will teach in the most multiple sense of that word: a book that will be of lasting value to many diverse communities of women as well as to students from those communities. The authors explore a full spectrum of present concerns in over seventy pieces th ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Aunt Lute Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Jimmy
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Below is an excerpt from Making Face, Making Soul: Critical Perspectives by Women of Color:

“¡LA CULTURA! ¡LA RAZA!
Sometimes all it means to me is suffering. Tragedy. Poverty. Las caras de los tortured santos y las mujeres en luto, toda la vida en luto. La miseria is not anything I want to remember and everything I cannot forget. Sometimes the bravery in facing and struggling in such life is too little. The courage with which a people siguen luchando against prejudice and injustice is not glory e
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Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Violent responses in any form they take are accomplices to the wills which have created the need. The availability of drugs is not the problem or the dealer down on 122nd street. They are only players in a far more complex value system of booth which nurtures self-hatred. Self-hatred which is directing a den courage nge people to believe suicide is an option-as is alcohol or drug addiction of the reckless homicide on the highways.
We take from the oppressor the instruments of hatred and sharpen
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claire
Apr 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in unique human voices from all walks...
This is a wonderful collection edited by Gloria Anzaldua with numerous perspectives that would normally go overlooked. There are short stories, essays, poems, rants etc. There are so many perspectives that are put on the back burner of society's mind/heart/awareness. What I like about this book is that it gives a sampling of voices from otherwise "oppressed" voices without adding to the victim consciousness that often goes along with books like this. In the introduction Anzaldua talks about this ...more
Donna Davis
This was one of the texts for a women's studies course I took many years ago. Unlike most of my texts, I was fond enough of the poetry that I chose not to sell it back at the end of the class. I've used selections from it in classes I have taught since then.
Carmen something
May 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poets, brothers, writers
The first time I fell in love, we read Not Editable by Chrystos together. Fiction, poetry, academic prose, and letters from the heart--Haciendo Caras continues to be a source of power and beauty for me.
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Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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My only disappointment was that there was a complete lack of pieces by or about trans women. Gender is never discussed outside of cisnormativity, and sexual orientation mostly talked about from a lesbian standpoint. Other than this, excellent collection of poetry/essays/short stories!
Katie
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
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Book club.
Beverly
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I use this in my US Women of Colors graduate class.
Nicole
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this in college. This houses a strong collection of moving works.
Rose Arellano
Loved the stories. It was such good medicine.
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A MUST READ for all!
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It was a fabulous and enjoyable while reading history
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Great feminist reference material. I went back to this book repeatedly throughout college for papers.
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May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
when i was an undergrad in women's studies, we used to call this "bridge part 2"

read it.
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Influenced my feminism more than anything.I connect thro poetry & creative writing. So many perspectives...
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Not sure if I read all of this but much. Textbook for Multicultural Lit at Gally.
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read many years ago...still valid
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Gloria E. Anzaldúa was a 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 Mexican-Texas border and incorporated her lifelong feelings of social and cultural marginalization into her work.

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