About the Series
Latin america otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a critical se-
ries. It aims to explore the emergence and consequences of concepts used to
define ‘‘Latin America’’ while at the same time exploring the broad interplay of
political, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped Latin American
worlds. Latin America, at the crossroads of competing imperial designs and
local responses, has been construed as a geocultural and geopolitical entity
since the nineteenth century. This series provides a starting point to redefine
Latin America as a configuration of political, linguistic, cultural, and eco-
nomic intersections that demands a continuous reappraisal of the role of the
Americas in history, and of the ongoing process of globalization and the
relocation of people and cultures that have characterized Latin America’s expe-
rience. Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a forum that
confronts established geocultural constructions, that rethinks area studies and
disciplinary boundaries, that assesses convictions of the academy and of public
policy, and that, correspondingly, demands that the practices through which
we produce knowledge and understanding about and from Latin America be
subject to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
Telling to Live is a bold articulation of what Cherríe Moraga has called
‘‘theory in the flesh.’’ This book continues the tradition of This Bridge Called
My Back, and o√ers testimonios that attest to the urgency with which U.S.
women of color struggle for autonomy and survival in their journey through
the formidable class system in U.S. institutions. Their stories tell secrets of
how a traditional, phallocentric Latino family structure serves as one more
wall that these women must scale. At the same time, the stories show how
knowledge of and from their everyday lives is the basis for theorizing and
constructing an evolving political praxis to address the material conditions in
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