Patricia A. Lobo holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Culture (American Studies) and a Master’s in English Studies and Foreign Language Education (English and Spanish). She is a full researcher at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, in the American Studies research group. She also collaborates with the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies of Nova University of Lisbon, in the Teacher Education and Applied Language Studies line of research. She has published in the areas of Border Studies (EUA-Mexico), Chicano Studies (linguistic and cultural hybridity, gender and ethnicity in literature, culture and visual arts), and Foreign Language Education (interculturalism, plurilinguism, and translinguism). Her publications include “Feminicide in Juárez: Economic change, social narratives and colonial discourses on the border of the United States and Mexico” (Ex æquo, 34, 2016) and “Foreign Language Education in the 21st century European context: exploring new directions in intercultural and plurilingual approaches using Anzaldúa´s Border Epistemology” (e-TEALS: An e-journal of Teacher Education and Applied Language Studies, 7, 2016).
This article offers an interdisciplinary approach to some of the most iconic pieces of Chicana Art using Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera. Parallels between the textual and visual representations of identity politics and social commitment in Chicana feminist art and Anzaldúa’s work, respectively, will be established through the concepts of “Borderlands” and “New Mestiza” as interpretation keys. The article begins by addressing representations of geographical borders as a unifying theme; then, it establishes a correlation between the concepts “Borderlands” and “New Mestiza,” and the reformulation of female identity represented in Chicana visual art. Finally, it will explore the purpose of the social commitment of the author/artists and how it is represented in their literary/artistic productions. The visual art of the selected Chicana visual artists, including Ester Hernández, Yolanda M. López, Alma López, Santa Barraza, and Judith Baca, accurately portray the experience of Chicana women theorized in Borderlands/La Frontera. (PAL)