By Roberto Bolaño
A deathbed confession revolving round Opus Dei and Pinochet, By evening in Chile pours out the self-justifying darkish stories of the Jesuit priest Father Urrutia.
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Anzaldúa argues for a tribal concept of art that defines artistic production as having power and spiritual authority when ritualized as object and “person” (68). What she refers to is the ways in which a story both reflects and reveals for a community; it is the way a story is elevated to myth and performed repeatedly as rite. ) and structural significance (the performance or act of the rite itself has individual and social meaning). Turner expounded and developed the discussion of transformation in his articulation of what he called the “liminal” or “interstructural” period within the “rites de passage” VanGennep defined.
Recall that Turner took the in-betweenness of social category and personal identity of van Gennep’s expressions of liminality to articulate an “anti-structure” that requires vulnerability and a process of transformation (Schechner Performance Studies 57, 58, 61). Alongside Turner’s theory of normative and spontaneous communitas, add Anzaldúa’s articulation of the import of “linguistic identity” (Anzaldúa 59). There is the previous discussion of the kind of linguistic power that is performed in the translation and interpretation of culture and language.
A traditionally derogatory term thrust upon Chicanas who rebel against gender expectations, Anzaldúa’s connection made between Coatlicue and Malintzin suggests the myth-making that characterizes ritual revision. Privileging her Indian identity through a revisionist empowerment of such a spiritual and cultural archetype, Anzaldúa sets up a critical integration of the sacred and the secular that occurs through and within the Chicana body. Anzaldúa’s description and revision of Coatlicue is as Aztec goddess comprised of multiple feminist identities within Mestiza ethnocultural memory, Indian and Catholic.
By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño