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Shared SelvesLatinx Memoir and Ethical Alternatives to Humanism$
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Suzanne Bost

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042799

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042799.001.0001

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The Gloria E. Anzaldúa Papers and Other-Than-Humanist Ontologies

(p.102) Chapter 4 Life
Shared Selves

Suzanne Bost

University of Illinois Press

Examines little-known works by acclaimed Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa, who died from complications related to diabetes in 2004. Building from recent insights in disability studies, particularly Robert McRuer’s critique of neoliberal figurations of “crip” bodies, this chapter analyzes an incomplete memoir, an unpublished short story called “Werejaguar,” and a series of doodles found in the Anzaldúa archive. Favoring imagination over empirical reality, these representations expand human life beyond death, beyond the individual, and beyond Humanist ethics.

Keywords:   Gloria Anzaldúa, disability studies, life and death, memoir, imagination, doodles, animals

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