Abstract: (Excerpt from Preface)
In the past thirty years, women writers who identify themselves as mestiza (among other terms such as Chicana/Xicana, Mexicamerindian, Latina, Hispana, and on have emerged in the literary world to voice their experiences, ideas and theories about identity. Among these writers are Ana Castillo, Gloria Anzaldua, and Tey Diana Rebolledo. Many emerging from the same generation, educational backgrounds, and political arenas, their ideas and experiences tend to be in agreement with one another. The most common ideology shared by these writers is what Gloria Anzaldua has termed the "new mestiza consciousness". According to Anzaldua in Borderlands/La Frontera, this consciousness is primarily one of women of the Borderlands (e.g. Mexico-U.S. border) and most importantly, a feminist one.