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MOLINA-ESPINOZA, Ileana. The borderland, an open wound between Mexico and the United Sates. InterSedes [online]. 2021, vol.22, n.45, pp.280-309. ISSN 2215-2458.

This article is a comparative analysis between the poem “La frontera” (1987) by the Chicano writer Gloria Anzaldúa and two photographic texts by an unknown author in their approach to the border problem between Mexico and the United States. The border has been represented, from its many edges, as a space of tension that divides and paradoxically unites geographies, cultures, languages, identities and realities. Five types of border were identified in the poetic text: geographical, natural, symbolic, linguistic and cultural, while in the analyzed photographs two types of border were identified: one geographical and the other symbolic. Part of the conceptual framework chosen includes the theoretical notions of Gloria Anzaldúa who transforms this dividing space into a place of resistance, survival and negotiation.

Keywords : border; space; negotiation; identity; culture.

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