Editor’s Introduction. Re- envisioning Coyolxauhqui, Decolonizing Reality
1. I first used the term “metaphysics of interconnectedness” to describe
Anzaldúa’s metaphysics in AnaLouise Keating, “Risking the Personal: An In-
troduction,” in Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Interviews / Entrevistas, ed. AnaLouise Keating
(New York: Routledge, 2000), 1–15. I described it in more detail in AnaLouise
Keating, ‘I’m a citizen of the universe’: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Spiritual Activism
as Catalyst for Social Change,” Feminist Studies 34 (2008): 53–69. In this editor’s
introduction, I follow conventional philosophical distinctions between “meta-
physics” and “ontology,” defining the latter as a subfield of the former.
2. As I suggest later in my introduction, the more recent versions of Anzaldúa’s
book have an expanded emphasis on ontology not seen in the earlier versions. I
bracket the prefix in “(trans)formation” to underscore the ambivalent, simulta-
neous shifts involving both creation and revision: the formation of alternative
modes of existence and transitions /shifts between and among already-existing
3. A few of the many titles are “Lloronas, mujeres que leen y escriben: Pro-
ducing Writing, Knowledge, Cultures, and Identities”; “Lloronas— Women Who
Wail: (Self)Repre sen ta tion and the Production of Writing, Knowledge, and
Identity”; “Po liti cal Reimaginings: The Making of Identity, Spirituality, Real-
ity”; and “Defying Borders, Enacting Nepantla: Rewriting Personal, Polemical,
and Spiritual Identities.” When I use the word “conversations,” I’m referring to
vari ous interviews in which Anzaldúa discussed Lloronas and her theory of
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