Degree Granting Department
Humanities and Cultural Studies
Daniel Belgrad, Ph.D.
Adriana Novoa, Ph.D.
Ylce Irizarry, Ph.D.
Chicano/a, border art, immigration, hybridity, borderlands
This thesis explores Gloria Anzaldúa’s notion of mestiza consciousness and its
relation to Mexican American performance and poster art. It examines how the traditional
conceptions of mestizo identity were redefined by Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera
in an attempt to eradicate oppression through a change of consciousness. Anzaldua’s
conceptions are then applied to Guillermo Gomez-Peña’s performance art discussing the
intricacies and complexities of his performances as examples of mestiza consciousness.
This thesis finally analyzes various Mexican American posters in relation to both
Anzaldúa and Gomez-Peña’s art works. It demonstrates that the similarities in the artist’s
treatment of hybridity illustrate a progressive change in worldview, thus exhibit mestiza
Scholar Commons Citation
Serrano, Maria Cristina, "Visualizando la Conciencia Mestiza: The Relation of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Mestiza Consciousness to Mexican American Performance and Poster Art" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.