Research Project Title

Collective Writing, Therapeutic Authorship, and the Latina Feminist Experience

Session Type

Traditional Paper Presentation

Research Project Abstract

This presentation offers a critical examination of two fundamental texts for the development of Latina feminisms: Getting Home Alive by Rosario Morales and Aurora Levins Morales, and Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios, by the Latina Feminist Group and aims to deconstruct the power of therapeutic writing and collective/coalitional healing. I argue that both of these texts utilize concepts of collective writing, identifiable authorship, and shared traumas to create a work of healing for these women. These texts exemplify the power of artistic expression in the healing process, and act as a step towards reclaiming their individual and collective identities, especially as Latinas and other feminists of color.

Session Number

RS1

Location

Weyerhaeuser 203

Abstract Number

RS1-c

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Apr 28th, 9:15 AM Apr 28th, 10:45 AM

Collective Writing, Therapeutic Authorship, and the Latina Feminist Experience

Weyerhaeuser 203

This presentation offers a critical examination of two fundamental texts for the development of Latina feminisms: Getting Home Alive by Rosario Morales and Aurora Levins Morales, and Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios, by the Latina Feminist Group and aims to deconstruct the power of therapeutic writing and collective/coalitional healing. I argue that both of these texts utilize concepts of collective writing, identifiable authorship, and shared traumas to create a work of healing for these women. These texts exemplify the power of artistic expression in the healing process, and act as a step towards reclaiming their individual and collective identities, especially as Latinas and other feminists of color.