Tagged Chicana Literature

malintZine Suggested Reading List (to be decent)

This list is probably going to grow (ALOT)- please feel free to comment and add your ideas for recommended reading or send your suggestions to malintzine@gmail.com The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities – Ching-In Chen (Editor), Jai Dulani (Editor), and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor); Andrea Smith (preface) Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide – Andrea Smith Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism – Daisy Hernandez Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks Loose Woman: Poems – Sandra Cisneros Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities John D’Emilio Crip Theory Robert McRuer The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros Reading…

La Malinche

Yo soy la Malinche. My people called me Malintzín Tenepal the Spaniards called me Doña Marina I came to be known as Malinche and Malinche came to mean traitor. they called me—chingada Chingada. (Ha— ¡Chingada! ¡Screwed!) Of noble ancestry, for whatever that means, I was sold into slavery by MY ROYAL FAMILY—so that my brother could get my inheritance. … And then the omens began—a god, a new civilization, the downfall of our empire. And you came. My dear Hernán Cortés, to share your “civilization” —to play a god, … and I began to dream … I saw and I…

Loose Woman

They say I’m a beast And feast on it When all along I thought that’s what a woman was They say I’m a bitch Or witch I’ve claimed the same and never winced They say I’m a macha, hell on wheels, viva-la-vulva, fire and brimstone, man-hating, devastating, boogey-woman lesbian Not necessarily, but I like the compliment The mob arrives with stones and sticks to maim and lame and do me in All the same, when I open my mouth they wobble like gin Diamonds and pearls tumble from my tongue Or toads and serpents Depending on the mood I’m in I like the itch I…