Life Within and Beyond: The Legacy of Borderlands


  • Amanda Lee Tovar


Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, and as a commemoration of the innovative text, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Center for Mexican American Studies prepared a yearlong celebration in honor of its legacy. Many mujeres across a multitude of disciplines came together to coordinate events that ranged from poetry readings, symposia showcasing student research rooted in Anzaldúan theory, bilingual story hours, and the annual El Retorno: El Valle Celebra [a] Nuestra Gloria. This edition of Río Bravo, like the year itself, is dedicated in honor of Borderland’s legacy, which has provided all of us the space to examine our own borders for a deeper appreciation and critique, as well as the possibility for healing those heridas abiertas (Anzaldúa 3) that still exist and hemorrhage today.