Revisiting La Frontera

Consuelo Jiménez Underwood and Ana Teresa Fernández

In: Latinidad at the Crossroads
Author:
Ewa Antoszek
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Abstract

As the transformations of the concept of latinidad have all been enacted in space, it is expedient to analyze how the spatial marker of the U.S.–Mexico border has been influencing the construction of Latinx identities and as such remapping latinidad(es). The importance of the U.S.–Mexico border for the creation of Latinx identities has been recognized by Latinx authors and artists who have also underscored a multivalent character of this space via its multiple and versatile literary and cultural representations. Consuelo Jiménez Underwood and Ana Teresa Fernández are among the artists whose works address various iterations of la frontera and its impact on the construction of Latinx identities. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze this interrelation and to examine its representations in the works of the two artists as well as to contribute to the debate of how women are searching for new definitions of their latinidad within the shadowy space of the border.

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