Sunday, November 17, 2013

More reading questions:
The last three chapters of Blackwell's book focus on:
1. The creation of a national Chicana counterpublic through printed matter.
2. The attempt to materialize this counterpublic through a national Chicana conference, and the fallout from that
3. The attempt to shape Chicano Studies and ensure that it included gendered analysis.

So I have a few questions for you to ponder.

1. Why was "print culture" so important to the development of Chicana feminism? What did it enable, and how did it help shape this growing movement?

2. Why did the Chicana conference in Houston fail? What did this failure mean for the development of  a national agenda on Chicana feminism?

3. How does Blackwell tell the story of the Houston Conference? Is it through a conventional historical narrative? If not, in what ways is it different?

4. What was the experience of Chicanas who tried to include gendered analysis in the curricular goals of Chicano Studies? How did this shape the field?

5. Define retrofitted memory

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