Shapeshifting Subjects: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Naguala and Border Arte
Kelli D. Zaytoun draws on Gloria Anzaldúa's thought to present a radically inclusive and expansive approach to selfhood, creativity, scholarship, healing, coalition-building, and activism. Zaytoun focuses on Anzaldúa's naguala/ shapeshifter, a concept of nagualismo. This groundbreaking theory of subjectivity details a dynamic relationship between “inner work” and "public acts" that strengthens individuals' roles in social and transformative justice work. Zaytoun's detailed emphasis on la naguala, and Nahua metaphysics specifically, brings much needed attention to Anzaldúa's long-overlooked contribution to the study of subjectivity. The result is a women and queer of color, feminist-focused work aimed at scholars in many disciplines and intended to overcome barriers separating the academy from everyday life and community.
An original and moving analysis, Shapeshifting Subjects draws on unpublished archival material to apply Anzaldúa's ideas to new areas of thought and action.
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University of Illinois Press
Subjectivity in Literature; Nagualism in Literature; Feminism in Literature; Anzaldúa, Gloria -- Criticism and interpretation
English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Zaytoun , K. D. (2022). Shapeshifting Subjects: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Naguala and Border Arte. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.