Sept. 26 (UPI) — Google is celebrating author Gloria E. Anzaldua on what would have been her 75th birthday with a new Doodle.
Born in 1942 in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas along the border to Mexico, Anzaldua “possessed an astounding gift for transforming dividing lines into unifying visions,” Google said.
Google’s homepage features artwork depicting the writer and scholar inside the compnay’s logo alongside a desert landscape.
After graduating from Pan American University and teaching migrant students, Anzaldua realized that she was a woman of two worlds, both American and Mexican, native and foreigner.
“Anzaldua mapped this new frontier with her pen. Her most famous work, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, alternates between English and Spanish and includes a variety of forms – from poem to prose, from critique to confessional. This striking mix of voices and perspectives earned Borderlands a place on Literary Journal’s list of best books of 1987,” Google shared about her career.
“In 1977, she moved to California, where her writing soon became known in academic circles. Her theories had impact across disciplines, including Chicano/a Studies, Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. She was awarded a posthumous Ph.D. in literature by the University of California Santa Cruz,” they continued.
“Today’s Doodle celebrates Anzaldua’s ability to live across borders, whether geographical, social, or philosophical.”
Anzaldua died in 2004 due to complications from diabetes.