Opium of the Masses: Religious Representation in Gloria Anzaldúa’s poem, “A Sea of Cabbages,” from Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

Layla Benitez-James


The panel’s first presenter with explore Gloria Anzaldúa’s rebellious, much-contested Borderlands/La Frontera, an incredibly multi-faceted work the Chican@ movement has had to reexamine again and again due to its extremely unconventional mixture of poetry and prose, memoir and fiction, English, Spanish, and Nahuatl (an Aztec language). Borderlands/ La Frontera, as Anzalda’s most revolutionary work, presents a deeply holistic understanding of border reality from Anzaldúa’s unapologetically personal point of view. It looks specifically at one poem, “A Sea of Cabbages,” to explore the relationship between religion and class.  

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