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Revelation in Aztlán

Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement


Part of the The Bible and Cultural Studies book series (TBACS)

About this book


 Bridging the fields of Religion and Latina/o Studies, this book fills a gap by examining the “spiritual” rhetoric and practices of the Chicano movement. Bringing new theoretical life to biblical studies and Chicana/o writings from the 1960s, such as El Plan Espiritual de Aztlán and El Plan de Santa Barbara, Jacqueline M. Hidalgo boldly makes the case that peoples, for whom historical memories of displacement loom large, engage scriptures in order to make and contest homes. Movement literature drew upon and defied the scriptural legacies of Revelation, a Christian scriptural text that also carries a displaced homing dream. Through the slipperiness of utopian imaginations, these texts become places of belonging for those whose belonging has otherwise been questioned. Hidalgo’s elegant comparative study articulates as never before how Aztlán and the new Jerusalem’s imaginative power rest in their ambiguities, their ambivalence, and the significance that people ascribe to them. 


Scripture Utopia revelation Aztlán Chicano Chicana Chicana feminist criticism new Jerusalem diaspora apocalypse

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Williams CollegeWilliamstownUSA

About the authors

 Jacqueline M. Hidalgo is Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion at Williams College in Massachusetts, USA.  

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“Hidalgo does a good job of navigating the world of religious study/commentary and Latino/a studies. It is a masterful work of Chicanx history and texts … . for experts in Chicanx studies, the analysis of key texts from the lens of scripture and utopia provides a new avenue of studying this history that pays attention to religious language.” (Fides et Historia, Vol. 51 (1), 2019)

“Revelaon in Aztlán is a must-read for anyone interested in the Chicanx movement and contemporary biblical scholarship. It is a bold and eloquent work written by a scholar for an audience of scholars. … Hidalgo’s work provides a template for understanding an oppressed community from a tumultuous era in the last century, but it also opens new opportunies to reflect on and respond to our crisis today.” (Jason Steidle, Reading Religion,, September, 2018)​