Gloria Anzaldúa was a Chicana tejana-lesbian-feminist poet, theorist, and fiction writer from South Texas. She was the editor of critical anthology Making Face/Making Soul: Haciendo Caras (Aunt Lute, 1990) and co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, winner of the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award. She also authored a bilingual children’s book, Prietita Has a Friend/Prietita tiene un amigo. Before her death, Gloria Anzaldúa was working on a collection of short fiction, La Prieta. She taught Creative Writing, Chicano Studies and Feminist Studies at University of Texas, San Francisco State University, Vermont College of Norwich University, and University of California at Santa Cruz. Gloria Anzaldúa passed away in 2004 and was honored around the world for shedding visionary light on the Chicana experience.


Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Third Edition

Gloria Anzaldúa

Chosen one of the "Best Books of 1987" by Library Journal.

Selected by Utne Reader as part of its “Alternative Canon” in 1998.

One of Hungry Mind Review's "Best 100 Books of the 20th Century"

Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the groundbreaking essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenge how we think about identity. Borderlands/La Frontera remaps understandings of what a “border” is, seeing it not as a simple divide between here and there, us and them, but as a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us.

New to this edition:

Includes an Introduction by Sonia Saldívar-Hull; an interview with Gloria Anzaldúa; and contributions by Norma Alarcón, Julia Alvarez, Paola Bacchetta, Rusty Barcelo, Norma Elia Cantú, Sandra Cisneros, T. Jackie Cuevas, Claire Joysmith, and AnaLouise Keating.

“The emotional and intellectual impact of the book is disorienting and powerful….all languages are spoken, and survival depends on understanding all modes of thought. In the borderlands new creatures come into being. Anzaldúa celebrates this ‘new mestiza’ in bold, experimental writing.”

—The Village Voice

“Anzaldúa’s pulsating weaving of innovative poetry with sparse informative prose brings us deep into the insider/outsider consciousness of the borderlands; that ancient and contemporary, crashing and blending world that divides and unites America.”

—Women’s Review of Books

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