“A Place from Where to Think”: The Application of Ritual Criticism to Chicana Fiction

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This chapter further explains the idea of ritual criticism as a useful lens through which to examine Chicana fiction. The chapter discusses the importance of archetypal female mythologies and how these intersect with memory and the metaphysical. The chapter discusses Anzaldúa’s spiritual vision of mestiza consciousness in more detail and how it signals toward ritual criticism as key to fully grasping Chicana experience within fiction. The chapter outlines ritual structures and more fully defines ritual performance through code-switching language.


Borderlands Mestizaje Ritual Mircea Eliade Loca-centricity Folklore 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Miami UniversityCincinnatiUSA

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