chapter  8
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The Construction of the Self in U.S. Latina Autobiographies

In the 1980s we have witnessed a proliferation in the publication of literary works by U.S. Latina1 writers. This growth, however, only begins to address the virtual absence of this literature on the marketplace and in the pages of literary journals. The sexism that predominates in both the Anglo and Latino presses has been a significant factor in its suppression. Since Anglo publishers rarely publish work by Latinas (or Latinos), the only recourse available has been Latino pub­ lishing concerns, which are male-run and until recently have shown little interest in the publication of Latina works (see Sánchez 1985 for a discussion of this situ­ ation). In the recent past, however, Latino publishers such as Arte Público Press and Bilingual Review Press have “discovered” Latina writers; in addition, since 1981 the Latina-run journal (and press) Third Woman has been dedicated exclu­ sively to the writings of Latinas, both in the United States and internationally. Also, small feminist presses such as Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press and white feminist presses have begun to publish U.S. Latina titles.