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Poetry and Violence: The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica
by John H. McDowell
University of Illinois Press, 1999
Paper: 978-0-252-07562-9 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09187-2 | Cloth: 978-0-252-02588-4
Library of Congress Classification PQ7291.G84M3 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 861.04409355

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
John H. McDowell provides an in-depth look at the Mexican ballad form known as the corrido, a body of poetry that draws from violence for its subject matter. Through interviews with male and female corrido composers and performers, plus a generous sampling of ballad texts, McDowell reveals a living vernacular tradition that chronicles local and regional rivalries and spawned the narcocorrido, ballads set in the drug trade and particularly popular along the Rio Grande border.

Detailed and rife with social and cultural implications, Poetry and Violence is a compelling commentary on violence as both human experience and communicative action.


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