Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua

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Date of Birth September 26, 1942
Place of Birth Texas
Date of Death May 15, 2004 (61)
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Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa was an American scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, on her life growing up on the Mexico–Texas border and incorporated her lifelong experiences of social and cultural marginalization into her work. She also developed theories about the marginal, in-between, and mixed cultures that develop along borders.

Born: Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, September 26, 1942, Harlingen, Texas
Died: May 15, 2004, Santa Cruz, California, United States
Nationality: American
Occupation: author, poet, activist

About Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua

A Texas-born author and Chicana cultural scholar, she is best known for her 1987 memoir, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Her scholarly publications typically focus on the Chicana experience, feminism, and queer theory.

Before Fame

She had an endocrine condition that stopped her physical growth at age twelve. She studied English at Pan American University in Texas.


She co-edited (with Cherrie Moraga) the groundbreaking 1981 work, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.

Family Life

She was raised by her parents, Urbano and Amalia Anzaldua, in Texas' Rio Grand Valley. She died in Santa Cruz, California at the age of sixty-one.


She died from complications of diabetes, as did David Lewis.

Information related to Gloria E. Anzaldúa

  • Xicana literature - Xicana literature is a form of literature that has emerged from the Chicana Feminist movement. It aims to redefine Chicana archetypes in an effort to provide positive models for Chicanas.
  • Mestizo writers
  • Chicana feminists
  • Queer feminists
  • Hispanic and Latino American poets
  • Philosophers of sexuality
  • Rhetoricians
  • Queer theorists
  • Activists for Hispanic and Latino American civil rights
  • Postmodern feminists
  • Radical feminists
  • Latin Americanists
  • Lesbian feminists
  • LGBT people from Texas
  • Feminist studies scholars
  • Women critics
  • Postmodern writers
  • LGBT poets
  • American literary critics
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