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This chapter presents the most detailed, extensive discussion of Anzaldúa’s theory and practice of writing, which she calls “the Coyolxauhqui process.” Anzaldúa narrates her entire creative process, the call for papers, idea generation, pre-drafting, writing blocks, multiple revisions, and essay submission. She presents writing as a fully embodied activity that includes a complex emotional dimension, with periods of extreme depression, dissatisfaction, and despair, coupled with self-doubt and feelings of complete inadequacy. This chapter also includes further development of Anzaldúa’s theories of the Coyolxauhqui imperative, nepantla, el cenote, and the imaginal. Particularly important is Anzaldúa’s expansion of nepantla to include additional...

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