Day Eighteen: November 8

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ANZALDÚA

the seven stages of conocimiento


one el arrebato...rupture, fragmentation...an ending, a beginning

two nepantla...torn between ways

three the Coatlicue state...desconocimiento and the cost of knowing

four the call...el compromiso...the crossing and conversion

five putting Coyolxauhqui together...new personal and collective "stories"

six the blow-up...a clash of realities

seven shifting realities...acting out the vision or spiritual activism


NEPANTLA

  • liminal space
  • birth canal threshold (554)
  • bridge/crossing

"Suspended between traditional values and feminist ideas, you don't know whether to assimilate, separate or isolate" (548). 


  • torn between home and school, family/ethnic culture and the anglo world
  • face divisions
  • bombarded with new ideas, perceptions of self and world
  • experience vulnerability
  • suspended on the bridge between rewind/fast-forward, elation/despair, anger/forgiveness
  • space of extremes
  • critical reflection
  • home

"Nepantla is the site of transformation, the place where different perspectives come into conflict and where you question the basic ideas, tenets, and identities inherited from your family, your education, and your different cultures" (548). 


"Nepantla is the zone between changes where you struggle to find equilibrium between the outer expression of change and your inner relationship to it" (548-549).


  • seeing double
  • seeing through the fiction of monoculture (and myth of white superiority)
  • seeing through, allowing you to examine the ways you construct knowledge/identity/reality, and explore how some of your/others' constructions violate other people's ways of knowing and living (544)
  • begin to see race as an experience of reality, not fixed feature of personality/identity
  • creates split in awareness...you are a double-knower
  • vigilance becomes survival tool
  • mind/body
  • crave change and long to engage with world beyond accustomed horizon
  • fear keeps you between repulsion/propulsion

BUTLER 

beside/s:


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  • next to, in proximity to, touching others, in relation to others 
  • bodies touching--violence and care (Butler, 21/23)
  • in addition to, another perspective, another direction, always more than "I" (Butler, 32)
  • ecstatic, outside of oneself (but not fully outside of oneself), torn from self/bound to others/undone by others/implicated in lives of others (Butler, 20)
  • overwhelmed with emotion: grief, passion, anger, fear, panic
  • undone by grief
  • a space of im/possibility
  • a space of community, a "we" that is fashioned through "undoneness," refusals to fully identify, inability to fit, disidentification (Butler, 20)
  • relationship to/with theories, mainstream representations/ideologies, other parts of self/community
  • one of many relationships, positions

see some key words after the jump

Key Words: 

ABJECT
AGENCY
POWER
RESISTANCE
DISIDENTIFICATION
LIMINAL SPACE
NEPANTLA 
BESIDE
OUTSIDE/INSIDE
PARODY
CRACKS/FISSURES
MATRIX OF INTELLIGIBILITY
CROSSING
BRIDGE
THRESHOLD
IN-BETWEEN
IDENTITY/SELF/SUBJECT/CONSCIOUSNESS


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