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Stories for April 1, 1998

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"Living Chicana Theory"

Carla Trujillo, an educational psychologist and director of the graduate academic diversity program in the dean’s office of the College of Engineering, edited a new anthology, “Living Chicana Theory.”

Published in January by Third Woman Press, the book redefines the way that Chicana feminist theory is written, talked about and practiced. The authors include a number of faculty from UC campuses and others, writing theoretical prose as well as fiction, speeches and performance pieces.

Trujillo says she sought pieces that “talk about real life experiences rather than theory for theory’s sake.”

“‘Living Chicana Theory’ is an important point of departure not only for women of color,” writes professor and activist Angela Davis, “but for all progressive intellectuals and activists who strive to link our work to radical political transformation.”

Among the anthology’s 21 pieces are Yvette Flores-Ortiz’s “Voices from the Couch: The Co-Creation of a Chicana Psychology,” Cherríe Moraga’s meditation on the premature birth of her son, Sandra Cisneros’ “A Woman of No Consequence” on overcoming second-class citizenship, Aída Hurtado on “The Politics of Sexuality in the Gender Subordination of Chicanas” and reflections on the first Chicano activist reunion by Bay Area community organizer Elizabeth Martínez.

Trujillo is the editor of “Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About,” winner of a Lambda Book Award and the Out/Write Vanguard Award. Authors featured in the anthology will read April 9 at Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco.

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