OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Gloria Anzaldua's La Frontera and Fatima Mernissi's Dreams of Trespass: a Comparative Study of Borderlands and Frontiers

TitleGloria Anzaldua's La Frontera and Fatima Mernissi's Dreams of Trespass: a Comparative Study of Borderlands and Frontiers
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsRobinson, Cheri M.
Academic DepartmentFrench
Thesis AdvisorKrause, Joseph
DegreeHonors Bachelor of Arts, International Studies in
Number of Pages52
Date Published05/2004
UniversityOregon State University
CityCorvallis
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordsborderlands, culture, story comparison
Abstract

In Borderlands/La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldua speaks of the borderlands, of the places where our identities overlap, while Fatima Mernissi analyzes frontiers, the boundaries between the permissible and the forbidden, in Dreams of Trespass. In reading about borderlands and frontiers, I began to question how one is affected by the meeting of different cultures and how each person constructs ways in which to reconcile one part of self with another. In order to explore the possibility of existing nuances between borderlands andpontiers, a background was first established by briefly discussing culture, country, and identity. Second, these two terms were compared and then combined with examples of my own foreign experiences. Finally, past events, namely the colonization of Mexico and Morocco, that may have influenced the authors' choice of such terms were discussed before concluding with how each person may enter the borderlands to negotiate change and thus recreate thefiontiers surrounding himlher. In so doing, it became clear that borderlands andfiontiers were linked. The negotiations that occur in the borderlands affect the creation offiontiers; thus, inner negotiations influence outer actions. In conclusion, just as Anzaldua has reconciled all three cultures to which she lays claim through her construction of "a new mestiza" and just as Mernissi has learned how to move out of one culture and into another, so too must each individual learn how to proactively work with change in order to take the best of the multiple cultures making up this that one calls "me."