Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity is an exploration of Latinas on the periphery of both Latina culture and mainstream culture in the United States. Whether they are deliberately rejected or whether they choose to reject sexist, classist, or racist practices within their cultures, the subjects of these articles, essays, short fiction, poems, testimonios, and visual art demonstrate the value of their experience. Ultimately, the outsider experience influences what the larger culture adopts, demonstrating that a different perspective is key to remaking Latina identity. Outside perspectives include those of queer, indigenous, Afro-Latina, activist, and differently-abled individuals.

By challenging stereotypes and revealing the diverse range of narratives that make up the Latina experience, Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity will expand and deepen notions of the Latina identity for students and researchers of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

chapter |10 pages


ByGrisel Y. Acosta

part Part I|65 pages

Ideology and class

chapter 1|16 pages

Punks and hipsters

Latina outsiders remaking Latina identity
ByGrisel Y. Acosta

chapter 2|10 pages

“The child is bewitched”

Syncretism and self-making in Cristina García's Dreaming in Cuban
ByAlexander Lalama

chapter 3|3 pages

Coritos for Las de Afuera

ByCarolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

chapter 4|3 pages

The journey of a sexy nerd— Antes muerta que sencilla

ByConnie Pertuz-Meza

chapter 5|3 pages

Just for standing out

ByToni Margarita Plummer

chapter 6|4 pages

Activism is not a phase

Testimonio of a radical Xicana PhD
ByIrene M. Sánchez

chapter 7|11 pages

Playing Chola

The discourse of subjects and subject-selves
ByVeronica Sandoval

chapter 8|2 pages


ByGrisel Y. Acosta

chapter 9|11 pages

Ruidosas to the front

Alice Bag and the construction of Violence Girl
BySarah Dowman

part Part II|50 pages


chapter 10|9 pages

Loving Latinas

When questioning sexuality means questioning Latinidad
BySarah Paruolo

chapter 11|7 pages

Returning to the Bronx

Gender, the outsider perspective, and Utopia in Juliet Takes a Breath
ByGrisel Y. Acosta

chapter 12|2 pages


ByLuis Lopez-Maldonado

chapter 13|2 pages

Catcalls to my brain

ByNancy Mercado

chapter 15|4 pages


ByStephanie Jimenez

chapter 16|4 pages

Excerpt from Ch. 6 of The Lunasole Class

ByStephanie Laterza

chapter 17|5 pages

Parts of an autobiography

ByCarmen Giménez Smith

chapter 18|7 pages

Every woman keeps a flame against the wind.

ByKristen Millares Young

part Part III|48 pages


chapter 19|11 pages

Dear Barbara T. y Gloria E.

Found autoethnographic letters to Blacktina nepantla acrobats
ByMonique Guishard

chapter 20|11 pages

Haciendo Caras

The alter-native illuminations of Laura Varela and Vaago Weiland's Enlight-Tent
ByCathryn Merla-Watson

chapter 21|12 pages

Living on the threshold

A Latina English professor
ByM. Soledad Caballero

chapter 22|2 pages

My English Victorian dating troubles

ByAnalicia Sotelo

chapter 24|2 pages

In-laws, outlaws

ByAnna Padilla-Davis

chapter 25|6 pages

Yo soy Boricua Feminista, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas!

Notes from a Diasporican on performing outsider identity
ByJessica N. Pabón-Colón

part Part IV|20 pages


chapter 26|7 pages

Latina liberation

A conversation of soul, sacred well-being and community
ByGloria Rodriguez

chapter 27|1 pages

Pa' que sepan

Vanessa “Bashi” Alviso
ByGrisel Y. Acosta

chapter 28|3 pages

The symbology of the derailed mind

ByAngela Melissa González Gartelman

chapter 29|3 pages

Poison and monsters

ByJiovanna L. Pérez

chapter 30|2 pages


ByNova Gutierrez

chapter 31|2 pages

You either see me or you don't

ByJoanmaris Cuello

part Part V|29 pages

Loneliness, solitude, and the unspeakable

chapter 32|1 pages

My mother as the voice of Frida Kahlo

ByAnalicia Sotelo

chapter 33|2 pages

Sounding la Raza Cósmica

ByVeronica Anne Salinas

chapter 34|2 pages

Why a girl becomes a hardcore chica

ByGrisel Y. Acosta

chapter 35|3 pages

Dropping dimes

ByDiana Díaz

chapter 36|4 pages

Good enough

ByNancy Méndez-Booth

chapter 37|2 pages

Tracing Elaine Summer's dance and performance lineage

Performance notes
ByJane Gabriels

chapter 38|3 pages

Belonging, chaos, blood, and tissues

Assumptions about Latina writers in academia
ByNaida Saavedra

chapter 39|3 pages

Write like a girl

ByClaudia Rodriguez

chapter |6 pages


ByGrisel Y. Acosta