Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Paso por Sus Labios (South End Press Classics Series) (English and Spanish Edition) 2nd, expanded Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0896086265
ISBN-10: 0896086267
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"I am a Chicana lesbian. My own particular relationship to being a sexual person; and a radical stand in direct contradiction to, and in violation of, the women I was raised to be." Through the poetry, prose, and personal stories in Loving in the War Years, Cherrie Moraga explores this contradiction, weaving her confusion and pain with her eventual self-acceptance. She writes about prejudices she suffers because she is half-white and a lesbian born in a Catholic, Chicano culture. She tells of her frustrations with the importance men were given as she was growing up and the exclusion of lesbian women of color from the women's movement. In her struggles, she draws from those parts of her upbringing which are necessary to her physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being - the love of her mother's home, the sense of community among Chicana women, the smell of the candles in church, and the spiritual need to respect something beyond herself - creating a portrait of beauty, anger, and independence. "Spirituality which inspires activism and, similarly, politics which move the spirit - which draw from the deep-seated place of our greatest longings for freedom - give meaning to our lives." Some knowledge of Spanish may be helpful with these writings, but even without it Cherrie Moraga's words will touch your heart and your mind. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press; 2nd, expanded edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0896086267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896086265
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
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This is a classic text in Chicana Feminist literature and in Gender Studies. In the early 1980's, Moraga was at the forefront of feminist theory by U.S. Women of Color which attempted to put issues of racial and ethnic identity in dialogue with issues of feminism and sexuality. Moraga not only critiques the racial and ethnic oppression practiced by mainstrem society, but she bravely critiques the gender opression practiced within Chicano/a communities as well. A "must" for anyone interested in the intesection of race, gender, sexuality and culture. Her moving and brutally honest work brings together essays, stories and poems, both personal and analytical, in a collage that breaks down the barriers between genres as well as between political ideologies. A very powerful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mallika on February 17, 2014
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I absolutely loved this text! Cherrie Moraga is so wonderful... Both the poetry and prose force serve to explain so much about Chicana, lesbian voices and identity. Highly recommend!
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2000
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Moraga's LOVING IN THE WAR YEARS is a classic in Chicana literature indeed. However, the new edition just doesn't cut it. The new essays are interesting to read, but they are not as compelling as the original text. Definitely worth buying, but certainly disappointing as far as "updating" the book.
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By mud potter on April 9, 2015
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it was a gift, and they loved it.
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2 of 19 people found the following review helpful By gennydan on February 9, 2013
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This book was a mistake for our teacher to assign to us. It was boring and there was a lot of Spanish word in it that I don't know and did not care about. The author was a little bit weak on her organising of some chapters.
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