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Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Multiplicitous Agency, and Resistance
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Andrea J. Pitts - Author
SUNY series, Philosophy and Race
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 216 pages
Release Date: August 2021
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8483-9

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Paperback - 216 pages
Release Date: January 2022
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8482-2

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Offers a timely reconsideration of the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa, treating issues of multiplicitous agency, identarian politics, and the stakes of coalition building as core themes in the author’s work.

In a refreshingly novel approach to the writings of Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1942–2004), Andrea J. Pitts addresses issues relevant to contemporary debates within feminist theory and critical race studies. Pitts explores how Anzaldúa addressed, directly and indirectly, a number of complicated problems regarding agency in her writings, including questions of disability justice, trans theorizing, Indigenous sovereignty, and identarian politics. Anzaldúa’s conception of what Pitts describes as multiplicitous agency serves as a key conceptual link between these questions in her work, including how discussions of agency surfaced in Anzaldúa’s late writings of the 1990s and early 2000s. Not shying away from Anzaldúa’s own complex and sometimes problematic framings of disability, mestizaje, and Indigeneity, Pitts draws from several strands of contemporary Chicanx, Latinx, and African American philosophy to examine how Anzaldúa’s work builds pathways toward networks of solidarity and communities of resistance.

Andrea J. Pitts is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. They are the coeditor (with Mark William Westmoreland) of Beyond Bergson: Examining Race and Colonialism through the Writings of Henri Bergson, also published by SUNY Press, and the coeditor (with Mariana Ortega, and José M. Medina) of Theories of the Flesh: Latinx and Latin American Feminisms, Transformation, and Resistance.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Anzaldúan Multiplicitous Agency

1. Interpretive Threads of Anzaldúa's Work
Existential Phenomenology
Relational Ontology
Coalitional Politics
Structure of the Book

2. Geographies of Multiplicitous Selves
Examining Insularity and Isolationism
Examining Individualism and Imperialism
Learning from Nepantleras

3. Turning Ambivalence into Something Else
Insurrectionist Ethics and Agency
Resistant Reconstructions and Ambivalence
Agential Framings of Ambivalence

4. Putting Coyolxauhqui Together
Crip Atravesadas
Disability and the Coyolxauhqui Imperative
Multiplicitous Coalition Building

5. Building Coalition con Nos/otras
Trans Theorizing and Anzaldúa's Writings
Critique of Anzaldúan Mestizaje
Resisting the Coloniality of Reality Enforcement
Multiplicitous Coalition Building

Conclusion: From Nos/otras to Nos/otrxs


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