La búsqueda de Coatlicue en la formación de la consciencia mestiza
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In my thesis I will apply the Chicana feminist theory of Borderlands/La frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa as a foundation for my analysis of the contemporary literary representations of Coatlicue. Anzaldúa describes the Coatlicue state as the mestiza consciousness which is obtained by negating all the imposing identities and roles of the male dominated culture and accepting oneself as a hybrid of identities; one that is neither part of the dominant culture nor the submissive culture. The hybrid survives within a metaphorical space and attempts to identify the suppressed culture where she was created. In particular, the Aztec goddess Coatlicue is represented in the present day through the figure of La Llorona who carries a negative stigma within the Mexican-American culture as murderer of her children. My thesis will explore how Sandra Cisneros, in her story Woman Hollering Creek, uses the image of La Llorona as a positive example of female resistance. The villainous mother figure becomes the ultimate protector of her children who guards them from becoming victims of violence. Thus, Sandra Cisneros La Llorona negates her submissive role and reclaims the positive identity that is Coatlicue.