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Our Lady of Everyday LifeLa Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America$
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María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190280390.001.0001

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Why Do They Paint Her This Way? She Is Our Mother

Why Do They Paint Her This Way? She Is Our Mother

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Our Lady of Everyday Life

María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

Oxford University Press

Chicana feminist interpretations of Our Lady of Guadalupe tend to depart from traditional representations and have caused controversy. This chapter examines the responses of three different groups of women of different ages and backgrounds to some of these feminist artistic representations of Our Lady of Guadalupe in order to explore how the women articulate feminism and how their own definitions relate to their understanding of this sacred figure. The chapter analyzes how Las Damas, Las Madres, and Las Mujeres’ understanding of La Virgen informs their responses, revealing much about their understanding of feminism and the workings of lived religion in their Mexican Catholic imagination.

Keywords:   Chicana feminist artists, Alma López, Yolanda López, Our Lady, Guadalupe Walking, disrespect, gender, breasts, body image, eating disorders

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