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Mestiza Rhetorics

Mestiza Rhetorics

An Anthology of Mexicana Activism in the Spanish-Language Press, 1887-1922

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Edited by Jessica Enoch and Cristina Devereaux Ramirez


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Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms


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This critical bilingual anthology collects and contextualizes thirty-four primary writings of understudied revolutionary mexicana rhetors and social activists who published with presses within the United States and Mexico during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a time of cross-border revolutionary upheaval and change. These mexicana newspaperwomen leveraged diverse and compelling rhetorical strategies and used the press to advance the early feminist movement in Mexico and the U.S. Southwest; to define their rights and roles in and confront the hypocrisies of their societies’ patriarchal systems; to engage in important debates about education, women’s rights, and language instruction; and to protest injustices in society and construct possible solutions. Because these presses were in both Mexico and the United States, their writings offer opportunities to explore the concerns, struggles, and triumphs of mexicanas in both U.S. and Mexican cities and throughout the borderlands.
Mestiza Rhetorics is the first anthology dedicated to mexicana rhetors and provides unmatched access to mexicana rhetorics. This collection puts forward the work of mexicana newspaperwomen in Spanish and English, provides evidence of their participation in political and educational debates at the turn of the twentieth century, and demonstrates how the Spanish-language press operated as a rhetorical space for mexicanas.


Jessica Enoch, an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland and director the academic writing program, is the author of Refiguring Rhetorical Education: Women Teaching African American, Native American, and Chicano/a Students, 1865–1911 and Domestic Occupations: Spatial Rhetorics and Women’s Work; she is a coeditor of Burke in the Archives: Using the Past to Transform the Future of Burkean Studies.
Cristina Devereaux Ramírez is an associate professor and the director of the rhetoric, composition, and the teaching of English graduate program in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 18751942.