Desert Blood

Desert Blood Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba
ISBN-10 1611921163
Year 2014-05-14
Pages 355
Language en
Publisher Arte Publico Press
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It's the summer of 1998 and for five years over a hundred mangled and desecrated bodies have been found dumped in the Chihuahua desert outside of Juárez, México, just across the river from El Paso, Texas. The perpetrators of the ever-rising number of violent deaths target poor young women, terrifying inhabitants on both sides of the border. El Paso native Ivon Villa has returned to her hometown to adopt the baby of Cecilia, a pregnant maquiladora worker in Juárez. When Cecilia turns up strangled and disemboweled in the desert, Ivon is thrown into the churning chaos of abuse and murder. Even as the rapes and killings of "girls from the south" continue, their tragic stories written in desert blood, a conspiracy covers up the crimes that implicate everyone from the Maquiladora Association to the Border Patrol. When Ivon's younger sister gets kidnapped in Juárez, Ivon knows that it's up to her to find her sister, whatever it takes. Despite the sharp warnings she gets from family, friends, and nervous officials, Ivon's investigation moves her deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of silence. From acclaimed poet and prose-writer Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Desert Blood is a gripping thriller that ponders the effects of patriarchy, gender identity, border culture, transnationalism, and globalization on an international crisis.

Desert Blood

Desert Blood Author Alicia Gaspar De Alba
ISBN-10 1558855084
Year 2007-08
Pages 346
Language en
Publisher Arte Publico Press
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This incisive mystery novel delves into the violent deaths of young women plaguing the U.S. / Mexico border and ponders the effects of patriarchy, gender identity, border culture, transnationalism, and globalization on an international crisis.

Desert Blood

Desert Blood Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba
ISBN-10 UTEXAS:059173016068198
Year 2005
Pages 346
Language en
Publisher Arte Publico Press
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Ivon Villa, a women's studies professor who travels to Mexico to arrange for an adoption of a baby for herself and her female lover, discovers the pregnant mother has been murdered, an apparent victim of a serial killer, and vows to find the person responsible for the killings.

Gender Violence at the U S Mexico Border

Gender Violence at the U S   Mexico Border Author HŽctor Dom’nguez-Ruvalcaba
ISBN-10 9780816527120
Year 2010-03-15
Pages 200
Language en
Publisher University of Arizona Press
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The U.S.ÐMexico border is frequently presented by contemporary media as a violent and dangerous place. But that is not a new perception. For decades the border has been constructed as a topographic metaphor for all forms of illegality, in which an ineffable link between space and violence is somehow assumed. The sociological and cultural implications of violence have recently emerged at the forefront of academic discussions about the border. And yet few studies have been devoted to one of its most disturbing manifestations: gender violence. This book analyzes this pervasive phenomenon, including the femicides in Ciudad Ju‡rez that have come to exemplify, at least for the media, its most extreme manifestation. Contributors to this volume propose that the study of gender-motivated violence requires interpretive and analytical strategies that draw on methods reaching across the divide between the social sciences and the humanities. Through such an interdisciplinary conversation, the book examines how such violence is (re)presented in oral narratives, newspaper reports, films and documentaries, novels, TV series, and legal discourse. It also examines the role that the media have played in this process, as well as the legal initiatives that might address this pressing social problem. Together these essays offer a new perspective on the implications of, and connections between, gendered forms of violence and topics such as mechanisms of social violence, the micro-social effects of economic models, the asymmetries of power in local, national, and transnational configurations, and the particular rhetoric, aesthetics, and ethics of discourses that represent violence.

Making a Killing

Making a Killing Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba
ISBN-10 9780292722774
Year 2010-11-01
Pages 314
Language en
Publisher University of Texas Press
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Since 1993, more than five hundred women and girls have been murdered in Ciudad Juárez across the border from El Paso, Texas. At least a third have been sexually violated and mutilated as well. Thousands more have been reported missing and remain unaccounted for. The crimes have been poorly investigated and have gone unpunished and unresolved by Mexican authorities, thus creating an epidemic of misogynist violence on an increasingly globalized U.S.-Mexico border. This book, the first anthology to focus exclusively on the Juárez femicides, as the crimes have come to be known, compiles several different scholarly "interventions" from diverse perspectives, including feminism, Marxism, critical race theory, semiotics, and textual analysis. Editor Alicia Gaspar de Alba shapes a multidisciplinary analytical framework for considering the interconnections between gender, violence, and the U.S.-Mexico border. The essays examine the social and cultural conditions that have led to the heinous victimization of women on the border—from globalization, free trade agreements, exploitative maquiladora working conditions, and border politics, to the sexist attitudes that pervade the social discourse about the victims. The book also explores the evolving social movement that has been created by NGOs, mothers' organizing efforts, and other grassroots forms of activism related to the crimes. Contributors include U.S. and Mexican scholars and activists, as well as personal testimonies of two mothers of femicide victims.

The Daughters of Ju rez

The Daughters of Ju  rez Author Teresa Rodríguez
ISBN-10 9780743292030
Year 2007
Pages 316
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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For more than twelve years the Mexican border city of Juarez has been the center of an epidemic of horrific crimes against women and girls: kidnappings, rape, mutilation, and murder, with most of the victims conforming to a specific profile--young, slend

Calligraphy of the Witch

Calligraphy of the Witch Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba
ISBN-10 0312366418
Year 2007-10-16
Pages 373
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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Sold into slavery in 1683 Boston and renamed Thankful Seagraves, a Latina woman is brutalized and raped until giving birth to her daughter, who is turned against her by her master's wife, before Thankful is swept up by the hysteria of the Salem witchcraft trials. By the author of Sor Juana's Second Dream. 10,000 first printing.

If I Die in Ju rez

If I Die in Ju   rez Author Stella Pope Duarte
ISBN-10 0816526672
Year 2008
Pages 328
Language en
Publisher University of Arizona Press
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Duarte's latest novel is based on a string of real-life murders in Ciudad Jurez in the 1990s. Forced out of the house by her alcoholic mother, 13-year-old Evita takes to the streets, glimpsing newspaper columns about the murders, while struggling to survive. Petra, Evita's comely 19-year-old cousin, exchanges the country life for gritty Jurez to raise money for her ailing father. An acquaintance of Petra, Mayela, a 12-year-old Tarahumara Indian, lives in an orphanage where her artistic talent is discovered.

Down by the River

Down by the River Author Charles Bowden
ISBN-10 9780684853437
Year 2002
Pages 433
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Offers an illuminating tour of the drug war, revealing the dark, troubling recesses of drug lords, high-level corruption, and ultra-violence that respects no borders.

Sor Juana s Second Dream

Sor Juana s Second Dream Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba
ISBN-10 0826320929
Year 1999
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher UNM Press
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A fictionalized portrait of Juana Inés de la Cruz, the 17th century lesbian nun who became Mexico's first feminist poet. It traces her life from her illegitimate birth to trial by the Inquisition.

Odyssey to the North

Odyssey to the North Author Mario Bencastro
ISBN-10 1611922380
Year 1998-01-01
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Arte Publico Press
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A freedom fighter who fled El Salvador discovers that in the U.S. he is a second-class citizen in a racist country. The novel chronicles his dangerous journey across several borders, all the way to Washington and disillusion.

Dancing with Butterflies

Dancing with Butterflies Author Reyna Grande
ISBN-10 1439149607
Year 2009-10-06
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Dancing with Butterflies uses the alternating voices of four very different women whose lives interconnect through a common passion for their Mexican heritage and a dance company called Alegría. Yesenia, who founded Alegría with her husband, Eduardo, sabotages her own efforts to remain a vital, vibrant woman when she travels back and forth across the Mexican border for cheap plastic surgery. Elena, grief stricken by the death of her only child and the end of her marriage, finds herself falling dangerously in love with one of her underage students. Elena's sister, Adriana, wears the wounds of abandonment by a dys-functional family and becomes unable to discern love from abuse. Soledad, the sweet-tempered illegal immigrant who designs costumes for Alegría, finds herself stuck back in Mexico, where she returns to see her dying grandmother. Reyna Grande has brought these fictional characters so convincingly to life that readers will imagine they know them.

Our Lady of Controversy

Our Lady of Controversy Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba
ISBN-10 9780292745018
Year 2011-04-01
Pages 344
Language en
Publisher University of Texas Press
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Months before Alma López's digital collage Our Lady was shown at the Museum of International Folk Art in 2001, the museum began receiving angry phone calls from community activists and Catholic leaders who demanded that the image not be displayed. Protest rallies, prayer vigils, and death threats ensued, but the provocative image of la Virgen de Guadalupe (hands on hips, clad only in roses, and exalted by a bare-breasted butterfly angel) remained on exhibition. Highlighting many of the pivotal questions that have haunted the art world since the NEA debacle of 1988, the contributors to Our Lady of Controversy present diverse perspectives, ranging from definitions of art to the artist's intention, feminism, queer theory, colonialism, and Chicano nationalism. Contributors include the exhibition curator, Tey Marianna Nunn; award-winning novelist and Chicana historian Emma Pérez; and Deena González (recognized as one of the fifty most important living women historians in America). Accompanied by a bonus DVD of Alma López's I Love Lupe video that looks at the Chicana artistic tradition of reimagining la Virgen de Guadalupe, featuring a historic conversation between Yolanda López, Ester Hernández, and Alma López, Our Lady of Controversy promises to ignite important new dialogues.

They Called Them Greasers

They Called Them Greasers Author Arnoldo De León
ISBN-10 0292780540
Year 1983
Pages 153
Language en
Publisher University of Texas Press
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Examines the prejudices of Texans against Mexican Americans and discusses the relations between the white and Mexican inhabitants of Texas