For your final essay, you will examine I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter th

For your final essay, you will examine I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter through the lens of all the identities you observed in the characters (primarily Julia) while reading this narrative. A term used to define this is called intersectionality. This term is an important component of both feminist and critical race theory, which actually comes from the area of legal studies. It describes how systems of oppression can affect a person from a number of directions, based on our complex identities.
One of the primary scholars of this work, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, uses an analogy to describe how intersectionality works:
“consider an analogy to traffic in an intersection, coming and going in all four directions. Discrimination, like traffic through an intersection, may flow in one direction, and it may flow in another. If an accident happens in an intersection, it can be caused by cars traveling from any number of directions and, sometimes, from all of them. Similarly, if a Black woman is harmed because she is in an intersection, her injury could result from sex discrimination or race discrimination […] But it is not always easy to reconstruct an accident: Sometimes the skid marks and the injuries simply indicate that they occurred simultaneously, frustrating efforts to determine which driver caused the harm (149).”
Another way to think about this is through the number of identities we all have. For example, I am a cisgender male, married, father, Mexican-American/Chicano, middle-aged, light-skinned, middle-aged, just to name a few. The way I can move through my own life are all influenced by these factors. In some ways I have privileges/benefits of being a cisgender male, and I have challenges based on my ethnicity and sometimes age.
Introduction and Thesis (1-2 paragraphs):
Introduction: Based on your reading of the book, what do you think it means to be a “perfect” Mexican daughter? How is Sanchez defining it for you as a reader.
Thesis: What intersectionalities (identities) did you find in Julia’s character? Identify at least three (3) intersections of her identity, and be sure to name them. And how did they affect her development as a young woman?
Body Paragraphs / Analysis (1 1/2 – 2 pages):
Analyze each of Julia’s intersections and discuss how she was affected by them. Use examples from the text and/or support your analysis with the outside sources you identify.
Due Wednesday Sunday May 15th by 11:59 p.m.
Text component (typed draft) should be 3 full pages (independent of Works Cited page – that will be your page 4) in MLA format (double spaced). Attach as a Word document (.doc, .docx, Google doc, or PDF) You want to have a minimum of two paragraphs for each section, except for the for the one-paragraph Author’s Purpose section.
Use the text as your primary source to include quotes, summary, paraphrased text as examples to support your analysis. Include at least 2 outside scholarly sources to support your analysis; you can use this one on intersectionality: ConceptofIntersectionality.pdf Download ConceptofIntersectionality.pdf. You can also use sources like book reviews or other published articles on the book. Here are the citations for the book and article on intersectionality I provided:
Sanchez, Erika. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Random House. New York. 2017.
Carastathis, Anna. “The Concept of Intersectionality in Feminist Theory.” Philosophy Compass, vol. 9, no. 5, 2014, pp. 304–314.,
Include an MLA formatted Works Cited page at the end of your draft for the book and your outside sources. You should have a minimum total of three (3) sources listed and used in your draft.
Remember to use MLA formatted parenthetical citations with page numbers when using sources from text (quotes, detailed summary/paraphrase).
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