Spiritual Realities and Spiritual Activism: Assessing Gloria Anzaldúa’s Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Publisher

University of Texas Press

Abstract

This study explores Gloria Anzaldúa’s understanding of “spiritual activism” in her recently published, posthumous work, Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality. It argues that Anzaldúa’s occasional ontological appeals to spiritual realism should be offset by her more process-driven and pragmatic intuitions, which foreground the function and praxis of spirituality. Such intuitions, the study shows, are ultimately more consistent with Anzaldúa’s interests in personal healing and social transformation.

Comments

Published as slightly different versions:

"Spiritual Activism and Praxis: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Mature Spirituality.” Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, vol. 10:1 (2019), 1-22.

“Spiritual Activism and Praxis: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Mature Spirituality.” The Pluralist, vol 14:1 (2019), 119-140.

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