Joshua Alma Enslen
Although situated as distant points of reference within the greater constellation of feminist theory, the trajectories of Gloria Anzaldúa’s “La Conciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness” and Sara Ruddick’s “Maternal Thinking” meet at the discernable nexus of prophecy and myth. Both essays create mythical worlds built upon the ephemeral yet “absolute knowledge” of prophecy. These worlds attempt to articulate a transcendence of specific political, cultural, and/or social dualities that face the mestiza (in the text of Anzaldúa) and the mother (in the text of Ruddick). The possibility of these texts to endogenously transcend duality by way of their “absolute knowledge” is potentiated by the image of an exogenous ideological construct of Western society: the prophet.
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