Máscaras, Trenzas, Y Greñas: Un/Masking the Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories and Legal Discourse

Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, Vol. 17, 2000

Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol. 17, 1994 (Previously Harvard Women's Law Journal)

Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review, Vol. 15, 1994

36 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2016 Last revised: 15 Jan 2016

See all articles by Margaret Montoya

Margaret Montoya

University of New Mexico School of Law

Date Written: 1994

Abstract

This article uses Critical Race Theory methodologies, such as autobiographical narratives, and analytical approaches, such as critical pedagogy.

Using personal narrative, this Article examines the various masks ("mascaras") used to control how people respond to us and the important role such masks play in the subordination of Outsiders. The first part of the Article tells stories; the second part of the Article unbraids the stories to reveal an imbedded message: that Outsider storytelling is a discursive technique for resisting cultural and linguistic domination through personal and collective redefinition. The Article explores how transculturation creates new options for expression, personal identity, cultural authenticity and pedagogical innovation.

This Article has as its characteristic motif the braiding together of the personal with the academic voice, legal scholarship with scholarship from other disciplines, narrative with expository prose and poetry, and English with Spanish. Though untidy ("grenas"), these linguistic and conceptual braids ("trenzas") challenge conventional paradigms within the legal academy and subvert the dominant discourse.

Keywords: Critical Race Theory, Voice, Legal Scholarship, Storytelling, Latina, Biography, legal pedagogy, masks, masking, authentic self, voice, silence

Suggested Citation

Montoya, Margaret, Máscaras, Trenzas, Y Greñas: Un/Masking the Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories and Legal Discourse (1994). Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge, Vol. 17, 2000; Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Vol. 17, 1994 (Previously Harvard Women's Law Journal); Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review, Vol. 15, 1994. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2712886

Margaret Montoya (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico School of Law ( email )

1117 Stanford, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM New Mexico 87131
United States
505-345-6382 (Phone)

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
360
rank
79,797
Abstract Views
1,237
PlumX Metrics