Borderlands is a semi-autobiographical work by Gloria E. Anzaldua. It is essentially a complex amalgam of prose and poetry that delineates the physical borders that endure between opposing social groups that have formed and solidified a disconnect that separates that.
The term "Borderlands" itself denotes the geographical area that witnesses hybridity and fosters a growing population that is unable to accept these borders and have effectively become a part of the hybrid culture of which they are a part.
All of these stories are inspired by the author's own experiences. In the first chapter, the author contests the prevailing Eurocentric notion that land belongs to European families. In the second, she shows awareness of her own transgressions and the inevitable disconnect between her and society. In the third" she draws upon the mythological idea of the Snake to explain how the Mexican culture has affected her quotidian life. The other chapters follow these lines and delineate the different ideals that she contests, as well as the ones she believes in.