Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of by Damian Baca

By Damian Baca

Traditional scholarship on written verbal exchange positions the Western alphabet as a precondition for literacy. hence, pictographic, non-verbal writing practices of Mesoamerica stay obscured via representations of lettered speech. This publication examines how modern Mestiz@ scripts problem alphabetic dominance, thereby undermining the colonized territories of "writing." Strategic weavings of Aztec and ecu inscription structures not just advertise historically-grounded bills of ways recorded details is expressed throughout cultures, but additionally communicate to rising reviews on "visual/multimodal" schooling. Baca-Espinosa argues that Mestiz@ literacies boost "new" methods of examining and writing, appropriate to diversified study rooms of the twenty-first century.

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For example, they take the passages in which I talk about mestizaje and borderlands because they can more easily apply them to their own experiences. The angrier parts of Borderlands, however, are often ignored as they seem to be too threatening and too confrontational. In some way, I think you could call this selective critical interpretation a kind of racism. (232) Indeed, it is understandable that many educators might find Anzaldúa’s work inaccessible. Without serious, sustained training in the historical legacies of the Spanish Empire and imperial expansion of the United States into Mexico, educators would likely find the operations of colonial power difficult to navigate in their scholarship and teaching.

Your work, then, is to present Anzaldúa’s text to readers who don’t have it in front of them. (812) The primary aim of the exercise requires students to reflect upon and articulate the content and style of Anzaldúa’s essay. Student responses would be primarily descriptive in nature, yet students would also consider the significance of weaving between languages and voices, 24 Mestiz@ Scripts the clashing images of Mexico and the West, dual expressions, symbolic oppositions, and other rhetorical effects.

As Gloria Anzaldúa comments, “. . whatever position we may occupy, we are getting only one point of view: white middle class. Theory serves those that create it . . ”7 This trap or double bind that Anzaldúa refers to is one that critics often duplicate when analyzing the work of nonwhite, “non-Western” intellectuals. For writers of color, Anzaldúa suggests, the double bind is framed by a recurring reaction against dominant narratives, which, by its very repetition, might be interpreted as a reinstatement and affirmation of the dominant as center.

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