Disrupting Savagism: Intersecting Chicana/o, Mexican Immigrant, and Native American Struggles for Self-Representation

Duke University Press, 2001 M11 23 - 186 páginas
Colonial discourse in the United States has tended to criminalize, pathologize, and depict as savage not only Native Americans but Mexican immigrants, indigenous peoples in Mexico, and Chicanas/os as well. While postcolonial studies of the past few decades have focused on how these ethnicities have been constructed by others, Disrupting Savagism reveals how each group, in turn, has actively attempted to create for itself a social and textual space in which certain negative prevailing discourses are neutralized and rendered ineffective.
Arturo J. Aldama begins by presenting a genealogy of the term “savage,” looking in particular at the work of American ethnologist Lewis Henry Morgan and a sixteenth-century debate between Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda and Bartolomé de las Casas. Aldama then turns to more contemporary narratives, examining ethnography, fiction, autobiography, and film to illuminate the historical ideologies and ethnic perspectives that contributed to identity formation over the centuries. These works include anthropologist Manuel Gamio’s The Mexican Immigrant: His Life Story, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera, and Miguel Arteta’s film Star Maps. By using these varied genres to investigate the complex politics of racialized, subaltern, feminist, and diasporic identities, Aldama reveals the unique epistemic logic of hybrid and mestiza/o cultural productions.
The transcultural perspective of Disrupting Savagism will interest scholars of feminist postcolonial processes in the United States, as well as students of Latin American, Native American, and literary studies.

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The Chicanao and the Native American Other Talk Back Theories of the Speaking Subject in a Post?Colonial Context
When Mexicans Talk Who Listens? The Crisis of Ethnography in Situating Early Voices from the USMexico Borderlands
Narrative Disruptions Decolonization Dangerous Bodies and the Politics of Space
Counting Coup Narrative Acts of ReClaiming Identity in Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Toward a Hermeneutics of Decolonization Reading Radical Subjectivities in BorderlandsLa Frontera The New Mestizo by Gloria Anzaldua
A Border Coda Dangerous Bodies Liminality and the Reclamation of Space in Star Maps by Miguel Arteta
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Arturo J. Aldama is Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Arizona State University.

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