Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


This chapter introduces the necessity for attending to the sacred in Chicana fiction. Beginning with the usefulness of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, the chapter discusses the negotiations between the spiritual and material that occur within Chicana fiction. The chapter defines ritual, ritualization, and performance as it is used in the book and discusses the relationship between ritualizations and language as it occurs within Chicana fiction. The chapter also outlines the direction of forthcoming chapters.


Transcendence Spiritual Ritual Performance Gloria Anzaldúa Magical realism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miami UniversityCincinnatiUSA

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