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By Christa Davis Acampora

ISBN-10: 0791471616

ISBN-13: 9780791471616

ISBN-10: 1435626850

ISBN-13: 9781435626850

Explores the subject of aesthetic enterprise and its capability for social and political development.

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And like Anzaldúa, she attempts to distance herself from both of these movements. As for the former, she argues that Anglo feminism had very little influence on her. As a Chicana growing up in the barrios of Chicago, her existence was informed by working-class Chicano culture and not middle-class Anglo culture. “I had no idea what white feminists were thinking of in spheres far from my life in those asphalt, slush-covered streets of working class Chicago” (Castillo 1995a, 122). In fact, Castillo grew up thinking of herself as a Mexican, even though she was born in Chicago and did not visit Mexico until she was ten years old (Castillo 1995a, 24).

For example, the very first chapter occurs at the very end of the narrative chronology, and, in fact, the characters and circumstances involved in Chapter One do not become clear until the very end. The narrative uncertainty of the opening 32 RITCH CALVIN chapter signals the narrative instability and unreliability to the reader. Máximo’s frequent references to his dreams further undermine the narrative stability. In Chapter Two, the third-person narrator says, “All my life has been divided into two realities: dreams of revelation and prophecy, and those dreams that manifest my present” (Castillo 1990, 11).

So Far from God narrates the lives of five women, Sofía and her four daughters, La Loca, Caridad, Fe, and Esperanza, although various boyfriends, fiancés, stalkers, and husbands float in and out of the text, as well. In weaving together the narratives of these five women, Castillo draws upon numerous genres, including allegory, religious texts, folk tales, dichos [“maxims”], telenovelas [“soap operas”], and cookbooks. As all five women find themselves in the borderlands among various religions, cultures, men, and languages, they are all too often the victims of neglect or abuse.

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