This paper argues that home altars are archives. I consider the history of altars within Chicana community practices; political, and feminist critique of both patriarchal nationalism; and the role of the altar in challenging the public and private divide defined by nationalist discourses of the US and Aztlan. Furthermore, I use Amalia Mesa-Bains’s altar installation The Library of Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz to consider how altars are spaces of feminist queer memory-making and resistance against colonial logics.
Chaves Daza, Maria P.. 2021. "An Offering on the Altar of Queer History: Amalia Mesa-Bains and Sor Juana’s Library." Journal of Feminist Scholarship 19 (Fall): 107-118. 10.23860/jfs.2021.19.08.
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