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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • 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 Folkloreshow more

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.show more

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