Utopic dreaming on the borderlands: An anzaldúan reading of yuri herrera’s signs preceding the end of the world

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Abstract

The work of Gloria Anzaldúa has not typically been read in concert with utopian studies. Much of her writing, however, offers a rich resource for utopian critique. This is a significant omission given that much of Latin@ speculative fiction has been deemed inherently utopic. Latin@futurism is a field of inquiry by which to focus on the utopian as a broader category of visionary, speculative forms. Anzaldúa draws on techniques of defamiliarization to usher a change of consciousness in the reader, exemplified by her theories of conocimiento, el cenote, and nepantla. This article discusses Anzaldúa’s theory of el cenote as a powerful heterotopic space of renewal and transformation in Yuri Herrera’s novel Signs Preceding the End of the World. Anzaldúa’s theories of conocimiento and nepantla flesh out culminating aspects of borderlands dreaming in the novel that connect to a discourse of apocalypse and its relationship to historical renewal and social justice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-493
Number of pages19
JournalUtopian Studies
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Apocalypse
  • Borderlands
  • Fiction
  • Heterotopia
  • Utopia

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