The Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers
On exhibit in the Main Reading Room
Internationally recognized cultural theorist, creative writer, and independent scholar Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa worked in a wide variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, anthologies, and children's books. One of the first openly lesbian Chicana writers, Anzaldúa played a major role in redefining Chicana/o, queer, feminist, and female identities, and in developing inclusionary movements for social justice. Her theories of mestizaje, the borderlands, and the new mestiza, as well as her code-switching, have had an impact far beyond the field of Chicano/a studies. Her insistence on community and coalition-building united feminist concerns with issues of race, gender, class, sexuality, health, and spirituality. Anzaldúa also played a formative role in the development of Queer Theory.
The exhibit cases feature materials from the Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers, including matted publicity posters from Anzaldúa's many teaching engagements that she referred to as "gigs" as well as smaller printed materials such as flyers and postcards publicizing her lectures, readings, and instructional workshops. Also on display is a selection of published books from her own personal library that was acquired along with her papers. The exhibit will be up until August 2015.