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Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma

20th Anniversary Updated Edition

Ana Castillo

Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights

This new edition of an immensely influential book gives voice to Mexic Amerindian women silenced for hundreds of years by the dual censorship of being female and indigenous. Castillo replaced the term “Chicana feminism” with “Xicanisma” to include mestiza women on both sides of the border. In history, myth, interviews, and ethnography Castillo revisits her reflections on Chicana activism, spiritual practices, sexual attitudes, artistic ideology, labor struggles, and education-related battles. Her book remains a compelling document, enhanced here with a new afterword that reexamines the significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Ana Castillo is the author of the novels So Far From God, Peel My Love Like an Onion, The Guardians, and Give It to Me. In 2013 she received the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association for her essay “The Real and True Meaning of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” which appears as the afterword to this book.


“Brilliant and powerfully written. . . . These essays are testimony and proof of a . . . revolutionary consciousness signaling change and real hope.”


Ms. Magazine

“What I admire about this book is its insistent demand for justice.”


Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

Massacre of the Dreamers will be a stimulating addition to ethnic and women’s studies collections.”



“Castillo goes after our hearts and minds, not territory or power.”


Village Voice

6 x 9 in. 288 pages