Ana Castillo is a poet, novelist, short story writer, editor, playwright, translator, and independent scholar. Born and raised in Chicago, of Mexican American heritage, Castillo’s work deals with the plurality and complexity of the Chicana experience. Through the praxis of ‘Xicanisma’ that she develops in her 1994 work

Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma

, Castillo explores her version of Chicana feminism that reinserts the “forsaken feminine” into political consciousness (Massacre 12). Xicanisma calls for a reclamation of


and the use of the ‘x’ in the spelling of ‘Xicanisma’ pays homage to Castillo’s indigenous roots by incorporating the Nahuatl language of the Mexica who use the ‘x’ to signify ‘ch’ (Massacre 12). In the essay “A…

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Citation: Hall, Eilidh AB. "Ana Castillo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2018 [, accessed 19 June 2024.]

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