If Chicanas are perceived as a communal threat because they are closer to the carnal, according to the Church, they paradoxically are worshipped as the female divine within indigenous practices like Yoruba or Mexica as well. In the works of Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, and Lorna Dee Cervantes women's religious commitment is revealed through their possible responses to cultural multiplicity: 1) the rejection of one tradition over another, 2) syncretism, or 3) the continual migration between practices despite contradictory impulses. Using irony to address the tension and seeming impossibility of maintaining distinct traditions simultaneously, these writers intimate how women derive strength and a stronger sense of self primarily by moving between traditions.
Skip Nav Destination
Research Article| January 01 2003
The Politics of Faith in the Work of Lorna Dee Cervantes, Ana Castillo, and Sandra Cisneros
Search for other works by this author on:
Ethnic Studies Review (2003) 26 (1): 121–134.
Darlene Pagan; The Politics of Faith in the Work of Lorna Dee Cervantes, Ana Castillo, and Sandra Cisneros. Ethnic Studies Review 1 January 2003; 26 (1): 121–134. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2003.26.1.121
Download citation file:
Don't already have an account? Register
You could not be signed in. Please check your email address / username and password and try again.
Could not validate captcha. Please try again.