Calling the Soul Back
Embodied Spirituality in Chicanx Narrative
Calling the Soul Back explores the spiritual and ancestral knowledge offered in narratives of bodies in trauma, bodies engaged in ritual, grieving bodies, bodies immersed in and becoming part of nature, and dreaming bodies. Reading across narrative nonfiction, performative monologue, short fiction, fables, illustrated children’s books, and a novel, Garcia Lopez asks how these narratives draw on the embodied intersections of ways of knowing and being to shift readers’ consciousness regarding relationships to space, time, and natural environments.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, Calling the Soul Back draws on literary and Chicanx studies scholars as well as those in religious studies, feminist studies, sociology, environmental studies, philosophy, and Indigenous studies, to reveal narrative’s healing potential to bring the soul into balance with the body and mind.
“The diversity of texts and critical viewpoints makes this study an innovative and insightful contribution to the field of Latinx studies.”—Choice Reviews
“In this beautifully written original contribution to Chicanx cultural and spirituality studies, Garcia Lopez argues that reading narratives about embodied spirituality and our relationality can shift consciousness and impact our actions in politically decolonizing ways. A joy to read!”—Irene Lara, Women’s Studies Department, San Diego State University“In this important new work, Garcia Lopez unpacks the significance of Chicanx narratives that center embodied knowledge as a route toward understanding the interrelationships among humans and between humans and earth, shedding light on the shape of ‘environmental consciousness’ in contemporary Chicanx narratives.” —Theresa Delgadillo, Latina/o Studies, Ohio State University