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Catherine Leen
2021
March
Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies
Shadow Men and Real Women: Shifting the Paradigms of the Chicana/o Family in Cherríe Moraga’s Shadow of a Man and Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves
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Cherríe Moraga’s Shadow of a Man and Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, both written in 1990, shine a light on the repression of Chicana/o women through their focus on the gender divisions in the family. Long hailed by Chicano writers as the bedrock of Chicana/o society and a refuge from the racism of U.S. society, the family is re-imagined in these works and in the film based on López’s play. Although the works by each writer have received very different critical analysis, I argue that they have much in common, particularly in their focus on mothers as the gatekeepers of repressive gender roles. I propose that rather than rejecting the family, their works offer new role models to Chicanas that allow for fluid sexual identities and the pursuit of goals that do not accord with Mexican tradition.
10.1080/24741604.2021.1873661
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