English con SALSA

  Gina Valdés, ‘English con salsa,’ Revista Chicana-Riqueña/The Americas Review, 21 (1993) The SALSA panel at this year’s IAAS and BAAS conference addressed the ways in which Spanish (as well as other languages) is used in contemporary American/Américan fiction and sought to challenge the often Anglo-centric direction of such discussions at American Studies conferences on […]

The Subversive Form and Content of Ana Castillo’s The Mixquiahuala Letters

As part of the SALSA Collective’s panel at next month’s IBAAS conference, I will be discussing prolific Chicana author Ana Castillo’s first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters (1986). Reading the text through the lens of Castillo’s theoretical writings on Xicanisma (the author’s coinage for Chicana feminism), I will explore how the novel’s form and content work […]

Guest Blog: Kiron Ward on Latinidad in Austin, TX

Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to take my studies to Austin, Texas— just north of the same border/frontera famously described by everyone’s favourite Chicana theorist as ‘una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds’ (Anzaldúa, 1987, p.3). The Texas Gloria Anzaldúa wrote about in Borderlands/La Frontera was […]