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Norma E. Cantú


NORMA ELIA CANTÚ (she/her), founder and director of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, organized El Mundo Zurdo, a gathering of Anzalduistas from 2017–2019. She currently serves as the President of the American Folklore Society and is the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Her research and creative writing have earned her an international reputation as a folklorist, scholar, poet, and novelist. Her most recent publications include the co-edited Anthologies Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa: Pedagogies and Practices for our Classrooms and our Communities and Mexicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction; the novel Cabañuelas; and Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor.

Norma Cantú, Professor, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&I at Laredo and Kingsville, respectively, and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. At Laredo State University, later renamed Texas A&M International University, she taught and served as Chair and Interim Dean. She was a senior arts administrator with the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC and was Acting Chair of the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her teaching interests include Cultural Studies, Contemporary Literary Theory, Border Studies, Chicano/a and Latina/o Literature & Film, Folklore and Women’s Studies. Dr. Cantú has published articles on a number or academic subjects as well as poetry and fiction. Her publications on border literature, the teaching of English, quinceañera celebration and the matachines, a religious dance tradition have earned her an international reputation as a scholar and folklorist. She has co-edited four books and edited a collection of testimonios by Chicana scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Her award winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. She edits the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Culture and Traditions book series at The Texas A&M University Press.




Borderlands/La Frontera

By Gloria Anzaldúa 

Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenged, and continue to challenge, how we think about identity. Borderlands/La Frontera remaps our understanding of what a “border” is, presenting 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. Drawing heavily on archival research and a comprehensive literature review, this critical edition elucidates Anzaldúa’s complex composition process and its centrality in the development of her philosophy and contextualizes the book within her theories and writings before and after its 1987 publication. Edited by Ricardo F. Vivancos-Pérez and Norma Cantú, with an afterword by AnaLouise Keating.

El Mundo Zurdo

Edited by Norma E. CantúChristina L. GutiérrezNorma Alarcón, and Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz

This collection of essays, poetry, and artwork brings together scholarly and creative responses inspired by the life and work of Gloria Anzaldúa. The diverse voices represented in this collection are gathered from the 2007 national conference and 2009 international conference of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa (SSGA). More than 30 scholars, activists, poets, and artists contributed to El Mundo Zurdo, whose release coincides with the SSGA's second annual international conference in San Antonio, Texas.

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