This week’s readings and discussions focused on a better understanding of the correspondences between honor and blood, and how these two signs, materials, and events interact with the constitution of latina bodies and with religion. We expanded the discussion we began the past two weeks regarding the meaningful network of bodies, flesh, ethnicity, and religion, and we dwelled in the importance of blood in and for women’s bodies, for Latina bodies, for Latina embodiment, for submission, liberation, racism, and grace.
On Monday we explored psychologies and politics of blood in a foundational context of latinidad, guided by Anidjar’s reading on blood and Christianity and especially in the blind spot of his essay, that of a ‘vampire state’ in which there is little room for women. On Wednesday we continued the discussion of Anidjar’s query, and we digged deeper in the relationship of flesh, blood, theology, birth control, and the interpretation of religion by and with the dispossessed: Guadalupe, Yemayá, Cachita, Pachamama, and María Lionza, among others.
Choose any of these lines of thinking about Latinas and religion to compose your comment for this week. Alternatively, if you wish to do so, you can comment on the bloody messes of JLo/Pitbull (music video) and Ana Mendieta (performance art) as two registers of honor and blood articulated by two very different artistic Latinas, and comment how any of the previous threads of thinking and discussion are represented by these artists.
Please, post your comment by Sunday at 5pm. Not Saturday, but Sunday at 5pm. Thank you.