constructs a mestiza consciousness as a dynamic “new mythos” capable of breaking down argument in Borderlands, Anzaldua creates a “mythos” of Mesti -. ing—a new mestiza consciousness, una conciencla de mujer It is a consciousness of the Borderlands. Una lucha de fronteras I A Struggle of Borders . Because I. In other words, Mestiza consciousness does not come into being solely through the Further, this article shows at length the roots of Anzaldúa’s persuasion that .

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Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza – Wikipedia

It is hoped that mestiza consciousness, if advanced further or collectively may serve as a proactive socio-political tool to remove oppressive traditions, cultures religions and gender discrimination. More particularly, Borderlands theory is dealt with in terms of subjectivity. In this theory, proactive identity construction, destruction and reconstruction serve not just to pave the way for emancipation, but is in itself an act of liberation. Her work is therefore an emic deliberation2 where she identifies such borderlands as both: This paper begins with and overview of Borderlands theory.

To provide a theoretical backdrop, discursive myths, metaphors, symbols and emic linguistic knowledges that form her Borderlands theory, as a process of identity construction, deconstruction and reconstruction, are brought into view, explored and analysed. Towards the end a reflective evaluation is provided.

Her alliance is mfstiza her ever-perusing struggle for emancipation, where consciousnesw itself is a struggle of the self, by the self and for the self. In effect, geographic, personal, social and mestlza border constructs, are shaped and reshaped mestiaz a multiplicity of ongoing influences.

Borders are dynamic living knowledges as well as archives of those knowledges. Their ongoing influences and complexities are best portrayed through their paradoxes, myths, symbols, contrasts, order and disorder, integrity, restrictions, forcibility injustices and possibilities.

Her analysis is an emic one that takes a postcolonial approach. Borderlands theory is about identity salvaging and the recreation of personal identity. It is consciounsess the dichotomy of the self and the other, are in conflict with each other. Nepantla is where pursuit for liberation begins and where a person is exposed to numerous versions of identity, constructed realities and the juxtapositions of these. Huitzilopochtli is the demigod of both victory and defeat; and as the controller of the sun he is ocnsciousness demigod of fire, war and human sacrifice.

He represents all things male, fire, confrontation and death.

La Chingada was the mother of the first Mestizos. The particulars of her circumstances are that she felt betrayed by her own people Aztecs when: She remained faceless and voiceless, but … continues to tend the flame.

The spirit of the fire spurs her to fight for her own skin and a piece of ground …where she can plumb the rich ancestral roots into her own ample mestiza [mixed] heart. Put differently coatlicue is where the colonized self is quelled and identity reconditioning arises.


However, these are dispelled through constant pursuit for self- awareness. Myths and reconstruction Coyolxauhqui is the Moon goddess.

She is the daughter of Goddess Coatlicue and sister of the demigod Huitzilopochtli. Coyolxauhqui is coonsciousness known for her ability to bring things together and in Borderlands theory she symbolises the coming meestiza of both the broken and reconstructed self reconstructed consciousnrss that very same self. Thus in Borderlands theory, coyolxauhqui is a state, and that state is part of the struggle of the self in pursuit of change that extends: More positively, the state of coyolxauhqui is a process of self-reconstruction at individual emotional, social, political, economic or levels.

The state of coyolxauhqui allows for the realisation that although anzsldua peoples to varying degrees attempt to assimilate with, and be accepted by, the dominant group, they also see possibilities beyond themselves and their colonisers.

Likewise the coyolxauhqui state of reconstruction allows people to accept that which is favourable to the self and reject that which is unfavourable. It is not a stage, it is a state of mind manifest as a consciousness that speaks of resistance, but is in essence the reconstruction of the self, by the self, for the self and of the self. Everybody regardless of birth and conditioning can have this new mestiza consciousness.

The previously mentioned three stages, in the overall Borderlands theory process, prepares colonised persons to free themselves from the constraints of inherent negative colonial acculturation, and an added self-constructed identity is gained.

In this mind shifted state, people will no longer assent to, or identify with, roles and marginalisation imposed on them by other peoples, persons or social others. In Borderlands theory this new mestiza consciousness is a unique self-constructed identity characterised by tolerance that is enacted on a daily basis. The new mrstiza copes by developing a tolerance for contradictions, a tolerance for ambiguity. She learns to be an Indian in Mexican culture, to be a Mexican from an Anglo point of consciouness.

She learns to juggle cultures.

Mestiza Double Consciousness

She has a plural personality, she operates in a pluralistic mode —nothing is trusted out, the good the bad and the ugly, nothing rejected, nothing abandoned. Not only she sustains contradictions, she turns the ambivalence into something else.

By virtue of this new mestiza consciousness, fear, shame and the wounds of negative condciousness stereotyping are reversed.

Mestiza consciousness, if advanced further or collectively may serve as a proactive socio- political tool to remove oppressive traditions, cultures consciousnesa and gender discrimination. Evaluation and Reflection As mentioned before Borderlands theory fuses intercultural theory, philosophy, history, biography, metaphor and symbolism.

It is bilingually written in both prose and poetry. Her category is by and large narrative non-fiction and she uses mythologies to elucidate her positions. Goddess Kali is also known to have broken all norm to achieve her goals. In a fit of rage she beheaded her own son Ganesh when he tried to stop her from achieving her objective His head was later replaced with the head of an elephant.


What was found is that there are a few obscure reference to both the Goddess Kali and Ganesh. These are in her very early personal reflections, written ten years before Borderlands theory was written. These reflections mestixa mostly mestia her feelings and objections to male domination, her attention to feminism, sexuality conscousness her seeking the empowerment of women.

Be the black Kali, Spit in their eye and never cry.

“Constructing Mestiza Consciousness: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Literary Techniq” by Tereza Kynclová

Do you feel that these duties have different powers of anzaldia Also, most of them have to do with sexuality, witchcraft, and the repressed. All my life I feel those bad parts of myself punished and so ostracized that I want to bring them to the light.

I see a resurgence of all of it. My whole struggle has very much been represented by Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction and death but also of life, blackness, the negativity, the alien. Perhaps this could be the subject of further research. To obtain her objectives and to elucidate her theory, her multifarious use of language is important in that it contributes to the richness of the discourse. In the overall view, the conscioousness takes an emic approach and uses discursive symbolism, metaphor and mythology and reversals of same as instruments of language.

Intercultural and bilingual influences, Aztec mythology and contemporary philosophical dispositions are woven through the construction of her discourse. Her genre also includes both prose and poetry. Her context is narrative non-fiction and sometimes non-fiction outright. In addition, she combines emotional and spiritual processes to inform identity formations that culminate in a new way of identifying as self.

This is named new mestiza consciousness or Borderlands consciousness. The terms emic and etic are originally derived from: Kali, available at http: Metaphors of a Mestiza Consciousness: Chapter 22 available at, http: English version available at, Movements of Rebellion, http: This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation, available at, https: The Archaeology of Knowledge.

Searching for Golden Empires: University of Arazona Press, available athttps: Bollingen mestixaavailable at, https: New York, Palgrave Macmillan. Existentialism Is a Humanism, available at, https: Working the Borderlands, Becoming Mestiza: Ancient History Encyclopaedia Kali, available at http: Remember me on this computer.

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