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This bridge called my back : writings by radical women of color / edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa.
Title Variants:
Writings by radical women of color

Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Albany, NY : State University of New York (SUNY) Press, [2015]
Physical Description:
xlvii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Catching fire : preface to the fourth edition / Acts of healing / The bridge poem / La jornada : preface, 1981 / Children Passing in the Streets : The Roots of Our Radicalism. When I was growing up / on not bein / For the color of my mother / I am what I am / Dreams of violence / He saw / Entering the Lives of Others : Theory in the Flesh. Wonder woman / La güera / Invisibility is an unnatural disaster : reflections of an Asian American woman / It's in my blood, my face--my mother's voice, the way I sweat / "Gee you don't seem like an Indian from the reservation" / "...And even Fidel can't change that!" / I walk in the history of my people / And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You : Racism in the Women's Movement. And when you leave, take your pictures with you / Beyond the cliffs of Abiquiu / I don't understand those who have turned away from me / Asian Pacific women and feminism / "--But I know you, American woman" / The Black back-ups / The pathology of racism : a conversation with third world wimmin / We're all in the same boat / An open letter to Mary Daly / The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house / Between the Lines : On Culture, Class, and Homophobia. The other heritage / The tired poem : last letter from a typical (unemployed) Black professional woman / To be continued... / Across the kitchen table : a sister-to-sister dialogue / Lesbianism : an act of resistance / Lowriding through the women's movement / Letter to ma / I come with no illusions / I paid very hard for my immigrant ignorance / Earth-lover, survivor, musician / Speaking in Tongues : The Third World Woman Writer. Speaking in tongues : a letter to third world women writers / Millicent Fredericks / In Search of the self as hero : confetti of voices on New Year's night, a letter to myself / Chicana's feminist literature : a re-vision through Malintzin/or Malintzin putting flesh back on the object / Ceremony for completing a poetry reading / El Mundo Zurdo : The Vision. Give me back / La prieta / A Black feminist statement / The welder / O.K. momma, who the hell am I? : an interview with Luisah Teish / Brownness / Revolution : it's not neat or pretty or quick / No rock scorns me as whore / Afterword : On the fourth edition / Refugees of a world on fire : foreword to the second edition, 1983 / Counsels from the firing...past, present, future : foreword to the third edition, 2001
"Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art, the collection explores, as coeditor Cherríe Moraga writes, "the complex confluence of identities--race, class, gender, and sexuality--systemic to women of color oppression and liberation.""--Page 4 of cover.


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810.8 THI Book Adult General Collection

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Updated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.

Author Notes

A poet, playwright, and cultural activist, Cherríe Moraga is Artist in Residence in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and in the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Program at Stanford University. She is the author of many books, including A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010 and Loving in the War Years: Lo que nunca pasó por sus labios .

Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) was a poet, metaphysical philosopher, and scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. Her books include Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza and The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader , a posthumously published collection of her work.