Poetry and Violence: The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica by John H. McDowell - PDF and EPUB eBook
Does art that depicts violence generate more violence?Taking up a question that touches on contemporary developments such as...
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Details of Poetry and Violence: The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica
- Exact title of the book
- Poetry and Violence: The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica
- Book series
- Folklore and Society
- Book author
- John H. McDowell
- Book edition
- Number of pages
- 264 pages
- October 10th 2000 by University of Illinois Press
- File size (in PDF)
- 1056 kB
Some brief overview of book
Does art that depicts violence generate more violence?Taking up a question that touches on contemporary developments such as gangsta rap and schoolyard shootings, John H. McDowell provides an in-depth study of a body of poetry that takes violence as its subject: the Mexican ballad form known as the corrido. McDowell concentrates on the corrido tradition in Costa Chica, where the ethnic mix includes a strong African-Mexican, or Afro-mestizo, component.
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 amounts to a chronicle of local and regional rivalries. Focusing on the tragic corrido with its stories of heroic mortal encounter, McDowell examines the intersection of poetry and violence from three perspectives. He explores the contention that poetry celebrates violence, perhaps thereby perpetuating it, by glorifying for receptive audiences the deeds of past heroes.
He discerns a regulatory voice within the corrido that places violent behavior within the confines of a moral universe. Finally, he contends that poetry can be a healing force that helps sustain the community in the wake of violent events. This volume comes with a CD of corrido music taken from live performances in Costa Chica.