From Borderlands to Border Islands: Intersections between Anzaldúa's Chicana Feminist Theory and U.S. Latina Literature from the Hispanic Caribbean

Cristina Gonzalez Martin, Illinois State University

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This thesis studies three texts by three U.S. Latina authors from the Hispanic Caribbean through the lens of Chicana feminist border theory. The works analyzed are How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (1991) by Dominican author Julia Alvarez, Dreaming in Cuban (1992) by Cuban-American novelist Cristina García, and the memoir Almost a Woman (1998) by Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago. The theoretical framework used is Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. The objective is to show how these texts manifest the formation of a hybrid, diasporic, in-between identity that corresponds with Anzaldúa’s definition of mestiza consciousness or la conciencia mestiza, despite the different geographical, political and social contexts to which they refer. This thesis also explores the ways in which Alvarez, García and Santiago shed new light to this borderlands identity in ways Anzaldúa’s canonical text does not.