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Gloria Anzaldua

Gloria Anzaldua


Gloria Anzaldúa was born in 1942 into a farming community in south Texas known as Jesus Maria of the Valley. Her father decided when she and her siblings were still young that working the migrant farmer routes would mean that his children would miss too much school. He brought some stability to their lives, which facilitated his children’s uninterrupted education for several years, by relocating the family to Hargill, Texas. However, Anzaldúa’s father died when she was fifteen, necessitating that she, her brothers, and sister return to migrant farming, working the fields between south Texas and Arkansas. Nevertheless, Anzaldúa managed to complete high school and earn a B.A. from Pan American University in 1969. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Texas in 1973, she began teaching summer high school classes to the children of migrant families working in the Midwest. From 1974 to 1977 she studied as a doctoral student at the University of Texas, but when her dissertation topic was not approved she left without her degree. For the next several years she supported herself by teaching at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, during which time she also began to write professionally. Throughout the 1980s Anzaldúa contributed essays, stories, and poems to various edited collections and periodicals. In 1987, she published her multi-genre Borderlands/La Frontera, considered by most critics to be her major work. In the 1990s, she continued to write and publish essays, poetry, and short fiction as well as several children’s books and a novel, La Prieta, which appeared in 1995. Gloria Anzaldúa died of complications from diabetes in 2004.

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A website that contans a short bibliography of Gloria Anzaldua’s work and a few additional links.

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