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date: 29 September 2020

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This chapter explores Cherríe Moraga’s The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea (2001), and the ways in which it was informed by the Chicano Movement, as well as by wider issues of race and gender. Issues of oppression and marginalization are frequently at the fore of productions of the play, and Billotte offers a reading of the drama in conjunction with Moraga’s 1993 essay “Queer Aztlán: The Re-Formation of the Chicano Tribe.” While Euripides’ Medea kills her sons as protest against her treatment by the patriarchal order and by one man in particular, Moraga’s Medea kills her child to prevent him becoming a guardian of that patriarchy. The play ultimately demonstrates the way in which democratic rhetoric failed to become a democratic reality—in the Chicano Movement and more broadly.

Keywords: Cherríe Moraga, The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea, Chicano Movement, Medea, gender, Queer Aztlán: The Re-Formation of the Chicano Tribe, race, patriarchy

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