Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies


John Gamber

Committee Members

Colleen Kennedy

Leisa D. Meyer


La Malinche, the Mayan translator for Cortes; La Llorona, the mythic figure of the 'crying woman;' and La Virgen de Guadalupe, an icon of the Catholic Church in Mexico, are often considered to be the three iconic figures which shape images and expectations of women in Chicano culture. This paper looks at the different ways that the writings of contemporary Chicana feminist authors Gloria Anzaldua, Cherrie Moraga, Ana Castillo, and Sandra Cisneros reinterpret and reclaim these figures. Through their essays, plays, and novels, these authors complicate myths, challenging and subverting the traditional female archetypes of virgin, mother, and whore.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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