The Mexican Corrido

The Mexican Corrido

A Feminist Analysis
MarĂ­a Herrera-Sobek
Distribution: World
Publication date: 7/1/1990
Format: paper 176 pages, 12 b&w photos
6 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20795-1
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“ . . . well-written and well-documented landmark study . . . ” —Choice

“This book raises important ideological and esthetic questions about the interpretation of artistic and cultural manifestations in a given society.” —Hispanic American Historical Review

“The present volume is provocative in direction and a refreshing addition to the extant literature on the Mexican corrido genre.” —American Ethnologist

“[Herrera-Sobek’s] refreshing approach to analyzing masculine attitudes toward the feminine as expressed in the Mexican corrido is not only insightful but courageous.” —Inez Cardozo-Freeman, Southern Folklore

“ . . . well-researched, insightful, clearly written, and well-illustrated study of a genre familiar in Hispanic culture.” —Journal of the American Studies Association

“. . . provides tantalizing insights into the inner workings and meanings of Mexico’s favorite folk ballads. . .” —Journal of Third World Studies

Challenging the stereotypical view of the passive Mexican/Chicana woman of the archetype, the author examines the portrayal of female figures in over three thousand corridos or Mexican ballads and shows that in spite of long-dominant patriarchal ideology, the corridos reveal the presence of self-confident women throughout Mexican history. Included are a discography, a detailed bibliography of corrido collections, and several photographs of soldaderas from the internationally famous Augustin Casasola collection.

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Table of Contents


1 The Good Mother Archetype
2 The Terrible Mother Archetype
3 The Mother Goddess Archetype
4 The Lover Archetype
5 The Soldier Archetype

Works Cited and Consulted

Illustrations are on pages 77-83