Gloria Anzaldúa (1942 – 2004)

Gloria Anzaldúa was a poet and very influential scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. Her book Borderlands/ La Frontera is studied widely in Universities across the United States.


How to Tame a Wild Tongue (1987)

How to Tame a Wild Tongue is chapter five from her book Borderlands/ La Frontera: A New Mestiza.

  • What is the significance of the tongue according to Anzaldua?
  • How would you react to having your ability to communicate limited?
  • Does language reflect identity, power, and the past? If so, how? Are these ideas important?
  • What are Anzaldua’s stands on censorship and violations of the First Ammendment?


  • Mestizaje
  • Censorship
  • Archaism
  • Anglicism
  • Corrido
  • Fisura
  • Acculturation
  • Assimilation

Works Cited

Lecture: How to Tame a Wild Tongue – Gloria Anzaldúa

Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes reads Fronteras

Linguistic Terrorism