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Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras

A bold collection of creative pieces and theoretical essays by women of color. New thought and new dialogue: a book that will teach in the most multiple sense of that word: a book that will be of lasting value to many diverse communities of women as well as to students from those communities. The authors explore a full spectrum of present concerns in over seventy pieces that vary from writing by new talents to published pieces by Audre Lorde, Joy Harjo, Norma Alarcon and Trinh T. Minh-ha. "At one level or another, all the work in the collection seeks to find ways to understand and articulate our multiple identities and senses of place...."Making Face/Making Soul" is an exciting collection of dynamic, important writings that all women of color and white feminists will learn from, enjoy, and return to again and again and again."--"Sojourner" ..".the pieces are stunning in what they risk and reveal..."--"The San Francisco Chronicle"
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In her introduction to this anthology of essays and poetry by women of color, Anzaldua ( Borderlands/La Frontera ) says that the reader ``must do the work of piecing this text together,'' because doing so imparts a feeling for the ``fragmented and interrupted dialogue'' with which feminists, especially those of color, must contend in the struggle against patriarchial discourse and the problems that it spawns: racism, myopia, ethnocentricity, outright hatred. From this perspective, reading this book is a cathartic and, potentially, individuating experience; one can gloss over the jargon-laden, anachronistic essays by academically entrenched feminists and take great pleasure reading the writings of students, activists and artists who speak from an experiential viewpoint on such disarming subjects as ``oppressed hair.'' Many of the best pieces, for instance ``Notes from a Fragmented Daughter,'' combine theoretical essay with poetry and personal narration, reflecting a breadth of emotion that most people keep tightly concealed. This is the book's primary purpose, to give voice to thoughts and feelings which have been privatized and occluded. (Sept.)

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