Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa—theorist, Chicana, feminist—famously called on scholars to do work that matters. This pronouncement was a rallying call, inspiring scholars across disciplines to become scholar-activists and to channel their intellectual energy and labor toward the betterment of society. Scholars and activists alike have encountered and expanded on these pathbreaking theories and concepts first introduced by Anzaldúa in Borderlands/La frontera and other texts.
Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa is a pragmatic and inspiring offering of how to apply Anzaldúa’s ideas to the classroom and in the community rather than simply discussing them as theory. The book gathers nineteen essays by scholars, activists, teachers, and professors who share how their first-hand use of Anzaldúa’s theories in their classrooms and community environments.
The collection is divided into three main parts, according to the ways the text has been used: “Curriculum Design,” “Pedagogy and Praxis,” and “Decolonizing Pedagogies.” As a pedagogical text, Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa also offers practical advice in the form of lesson plans, activities, and other suggested resources for the classroom. This volume offers practical and inspiring ways to deploy Anzaldúa’s transformative theories with real and meaningful action.
Contributors Carolina E. Alonso Cordelia Barrera Christina Bleyer Altheria Caldera Norma E. Cantú Margaret Cantú-Sánchez Freyca Calderon-Berumen Stephanie Cariaga Dylan Marie Colvin Candace de León-Zepeda Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto Alma Itzé Flores Christine Garcia Patricia M. García Patricia Pedroza González María del Socorro Gutiérrez-Magallanes Leandra H. Hernández Nina Hoechtl Rían Lozano Socorro Morales Anthony Nuño Karla O’Donald Christina Puntasecca Dagoberto Eli Ramirez José L. Saldívar Tanya J. Gaxiola Serrano Verónica Solís Alexander V. Stehn Carlos A. Tarin Sarah De Los Santos Upton Carla Wilson Kelli Zaytoun
About the Author
Margaret Cantú-Sánchez is an instructor of English at St. Mary’s University, where she teaches Latinx theory and literature. Her research emphasizes the identity conflict that Anglocentric institutions of learning impose on Latinx students. As an instructor at a Hispanic-serving institution, she strives to include multicultural texts in all courses.
Candace de León-Zepeda is an associate professor of English at Our Lady of the Lake University. Her research explores how Hispanic-serving institutions can better serve their population of Latinx students by supporting culturally relevant pedagogies, programming, and curriculum.
Norma E. Cantú is a scholar-activist who currently serves as the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University. She is founder and director of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa. She has published fiction, poetry, and personal essays in a number of venues.
“Brilliantly weaving [Anzaldúa’s] writings and theories into their curriculum and pedagogies, the authors in this volume demonstrate practical yet innovative ways to transform the classroom experience through Anzaldúan approaches that critique and resist oppressive hegemonies within Western education systems. This is an inspiring and necessary collection for higher education and K–12 educators who have ever wondered, How do I teach Anzaldúa?”—Larissa M. Mercado-López, co-editor of (Re)mapping the Latina/o Literary Landscape: New Works and New Directions
“This is a brilliant collection of scholars who ‘do work that matters’ in the classroom and offer us ways to engage in Anzaldúan pedagogical praxis.”—Dolores Delgado Bernal, co-author of Transforming Educational Pathways for Chicana/o Students: A Critical Race Feminista Praxis