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So Far from God Essay | Critical Essay #4

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Critical Essay #4

In her review of Ana Castillo's novel So Far From God, Theresa Delgadillo describes how Castillo, through the voices of four Chicano women, presents "women as agents of social change," challenging cultural, political, and religious forms of oppression.

Ana Castillo's 1993 novel So Far from God counters a pervasive stereotype of Chicanas as passive individuals victimized by oppression or subordinated by a patriarchal church by presenting a cast of female characters who resist domination every day of their lives—though some days more successfully than others. The awakenings that these characters experience emerge from a continual battle against subjugation in which they shift the terms and tactics of their struggle as circumstances permit. The novel insists that the transformative effort of human life engaged in struggle also finds expression in the spiritual, metaphysical, and religious life of the oppressed. Through an emphasis on communities of women, a Chicana feminism...

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