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Shapeshifting Subjects: Gloria Anzaldua's Naguala and Border Arte
by Kelli D. Zaytoun
University of Illinois Press, 2022
eISBN: 978-0-252-05343-6 | Paper: 978-0-252-08651-9 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04443-4
Library of Congress Classification PS3551.N95Z98 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 818.5409

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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An original and moving analysis, Shapeshifting Subjects draws on unpublished archival material to apply Anzaldúa's ideas to new areas of thought and action.

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