Poetry and Violence

Poetry and Violence : The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica

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John H. McDowell provides an in-depth study of the Mexican ballad form known as the corrido, a body of poetry that takes violence as its subject. Through interviews with corrido composers and performers, both male and female, and a generous sampling of ballad texts, McDowell reveals a living vernacular tradition that chronicles local and regional rivalries. A detailed case study with broad social and cultural implications, Poetry and Violence is a compelling commentary on violence as human experience and as communicative action.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252075625
  • 9780252075629

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"A brilliant study of a thriving ballad tradition extant in the Costa Chica region. It is written in a clear, coherent, and concise style. The book will appeal to those interested in ethnomusicology, ballad studies, and corridor studies." Maria Herrera-Sobek, Western Folklore "A carefully crafted ethnography... [McDowell] succeeds in making his case for the power of the corridor tradition on the Costa Chica to mediate fundamental cultural issues." Manuel Pena, Journal of American Folklore
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About John Holmes McDowell

John H. McDowell, a professor of folklore, director of the Folklore Institute, and chair of the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, is the author of "So Wise Were Our Elders": Mythic Narrative of the Kamsa and Children's Riddling, for which he won the Chicago Folklore Prize.
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