There Was a Woman
La Llorona from Folklore to Popular Culture
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Texas Press
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"How is it that there is so many lloronas? [. . .] in my family we believe its a mexican legend and that La Llorona is one woman who drowned her kids in a river and she wanders by the river in some place in Mexico."
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"JORGE A. HUERTA'S play La Llorona (1978) opens with the guitar strains of the traditional Mexican folksong of the same name. Against this backdrop, the actors, who form a semicircle facing the audience, together shout, '
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"IN AN EXCERPT from Mexican writer Carmen Toscano’s play La Llorona (1959), which was published as a dramatic dialogue in Literatura Chicana: Texto y contexto (1972), the character Fourth Woman says of La Llorona, 'What merciless destiny drags her through the silent streets, / and over the most hidden paths. ..."
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"The official version was a lie. I knew that from the same bone that first held the memory of the cuento. Who would kill their kid over some man dumping them?"
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"THE READING of the artifacts analyzed in the previous chapters show how Chican@s are working within or redrawing the boundaries of La Llorona stories to generate cultural criticism. Identifying revisions of the lore that feature the legendary figure as a symbol of resistance brings to light the ways in which La Llorona can serve as an agent of change for other women. Artifacts that retain ..."
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"Dialogue has never existed between the First and Third worlds. We must not confuse dialogue with neo-colonialism, paternalism, vampirism, or..."
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"What incredible power lies in this woman of legend that we have dismissed as a bogey woman of the river. We’ve used her to frighten children, when we should be using her to raise them—the new children of a new era who..."
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"IN TONI MORRISON'S Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Beloved (1987), we are told that the narrative—made tangible through the lives of Sethe, Paul D., Baby Suggs, Denver, and Beloved, to name a few—is 'not a story to pass on.' Some readers may interpret the line to mean that no one should ever have to experience the events of the novel in this way and that..."
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Page Count: 302
Illustrations: 30 halftones, 12 color photos
Publication Year: 2008