Intersectional Feminism in the Age of Transnationalism: Voices from the Margins explores the limitations of the transnationalist approach to feminism and questions the neoliberal emphasis on individual freedom and consumer choice as the central goals of feminist activism. The contributions to the volume discuss such varied topics as fiction by Edwidge Dandicat, Judith Ortiz-Cofer, and Diamela Eltit; visual art of Laura Aguilar and Maruja Mallo; films directed by Lucrecia Martel; a TV series based on a novel by María Dueñas; the art-activism of Ani Ganzala and Zinha Franco; and the philosophical thought of Gloria Anzaldúa. All chapters proceed from the belief in the continued usefulness of intersectionality as a valuable category of critical analysis that is particularly necessary at the time when the effects of neoliberal globalization are undermining many familiar categories of critical inquiry.
Olga Bezhanova is associate professor and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
Raysa E. Amador is professor and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Adelphi University in New York.
Part I: Essay, Novel, and Short Story
Chapter 1: Border Trouble: Anzaldúa's Margins
Chapter 2: Tuning In: Intimacy and Networks in Diamela Eltit’s Fuerzas especiales
Chapter 3: Transculturation and the Body: Edwidge Dandicat and Judith Ortiz Cofer
Part II: TV and Film
Chapter 4. “Postfeminist Supergirl” Turned Superspy: Crossing Borders and New Identities in El tiempo entre costuras
Chapter 5: Lucrecia Martel’s Salta Trilogy: A (Trans)National Bildungsroman of Female Sexuality
Java Singh, Doon University
Part III: Visual and Performing Arts
Chapter 6: Re-imagining the Borderlands: Intersectionality and Transnational Queering of Laura Aguilar’s Self-Portrait Three Eagles Flying
Chapter 7: The Transformative Experience of the New Continent in Maruja Mallo’s Art
María Alejandra Zanetta
Chapter 8: Technologies of Affective Solidarity: Salvador, Brazil’s Ani Ganzala & Zinha Franco
Naomi Pueo Wood
Written during the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing authors who are at different stages of their academic careers, the volume critically engages with the impact of neoliberalism, globalization, and transnationalism in the Americas. The editors’ inclusion of female and feminist scholars who are immigrants to the US and others who reside abroad highlights multiple positionalities. This emphasizes an intersectional feminist framework of analysis attuned to power structures that produce structures of oppression based on notions of race, sexuality, socioeconomic class, citizenship, and ability. The book also provides a critical lens through which to study the ways in which neoliberalism has appropriated feminist discourses. Hence, this collection offers an important intervention in feminist as well as Latina/o/Hispanic studies by reaffirming the continued relevance of intersectional frameworks of analysis. Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty.
At a globally historic moment when many find ourselves forced to reconsider and reassess earlier narratives and scholarship related to feminism, activism, and the term transnational itself, a book like Intersectional Feminism in the Age of Transnationalism emerges as a timely and welcomed response. Combining genres and artists from a variety of geographies and eras, the work answers our questions while proposing others. Readers will appreciate this valuable collection. I know I did.
Almost 50 years ago Pinochet’s coup d’etat imposed neoliberalism in Chile. “Freedom of the market,” the Chicago Boy’s mantra, was soon adopted by the neighboring dictatorships in the Southern Cone. In a Borgesian way neoliberalism has colonized much of the Western world. This original, interdisciplinary, intergenerational anthology sheds light on global neoliberalism from a transnational intersectional feminist approach.
Intersectional Feminism in the Age of Transnationalism: Voices from the Margins is a vibrant collection of essays on the challenging subject of transnationalism. Each essay fully engages with complicated narratives that both express and empower transnational subjects. This volume will be of great use to scholars and students interested in the ways the concept of transnationalism can be integrated with intersectional feminism.
Intersectional Feminism in the Age of Transnationalism: Voices from the Margins constitutes a fresh study of the effects of transnationalism and postmodernism on the "border female subject," all while challenging current views of gender, economic, and sociocultural politics. This book is required reading for all those studying and advocating for the construction of a new identity that identifies with a counterhegemonic discourse that entails transgression, difference, contradiction, subalternity, and liminality. The authors and the fictional works being selected are strategic and the book as a whole is a great contribution to the study of US Latinos and border studies.
Amador and Bezhanova gather an eclectic and comprehensive collection of essays that portrays vividly the dialog among the scholars, analyzing works of fiction, philosophy, visual art, films, and TV from Spain and Latin American through the lens of transnationalism. The book declares untapped perspectives of the marginalized subjects, genders, races, and communities. As every scholar claims, the search for equality, inclusion, and the humanization of the marginalized voices implies an everyday struggle as a result of globalization and neoliberal collusion.