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Author Limón, José Eduardo

Title Mexican ballads, Chicano poems : history and influence in Mexican-American social poetry / José E. Limón
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1992


Description 1 online resource (xii, 219 pages)
Series The New historicism ; 17
New historicism ; 17.
Contents pt. 1. Politics, Poetics, and the Residual Precursors, 1848-1958. 1. Borders, Bullets, and Ballads: The Social Making of a Master Poem. 2. Américo Paredes, Tradition, and the First Ephebe: A Poetic Meditation on the Epic Corrido. 3. With His Pistol in His Hand: The Essay as Strong Sociological Poem -- pt. 2. Social Conflict, Emergent Poetry, and the New Ephebes. 4. Chicano Poetry and Politics: The Later Recognition of the Precursor. 5. My Old Man's Ballad: José Montoya and the Power Beyond. 6. The Daemonizing Epic: Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales and the Poetics of Chicano Rebellion. 7. Juan Gómez-Quiñones: The Historian in the Poet and the Poetic Form of Androgyny -- App A. Harold Bloom: An Exposition and Left Critique -- App B. Juan Gomez-Quinones, "Canto al Trabajador" -- App C. Juan Gómez-Quiñones, "The Ballad of Billy Rivera
Summary Mexican Ballads, Chicano Poems combines literary theory with the personal engagement of a prominent Chicano scholar. Recalling his experiences as a student in Texas, José Limón examines the politically motivated Chicano poetry of the 60s and 70s. He bases his analyses on Harold Bloom's theories of literary influence but takes Bloom into the socio-political realm. Limón shows how Chicano poetry is nourished by the oral tradition of the Mexican corrido, or master ballad, which was a vital part of artistic and political life along the Mexican-U.S. border from 1890 to 1930.Limón's use of Bloom, as well as of Marxist critics Raymond Williams and Fredric Jameson, brings Chicano literature into the arena of contemporary literary theory. By focusing on an important but little-studied poetic tradition, his book challenges our ideas of the American canon and extends the reach of Hispanists and folklorists as well
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-213) and index
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Subject American poetry -- Mexican American authors -- History and criticism
Ballads, Spanish -- Appreciation -- Mexico -- United States
Mexican Americans -- Intellectual life
American poetry -- Mexican influences
Mexican Americans in literature.
Social problems in literature.
Poesía estadounidense -- Autores mexicano-americanos -- Historia y crítica.
Baladas en español -- México -- Apreciación -- Estados Unidos.
Mexicano-americanos -- Vida intelectual.
Poesía estadounidense -- Influencias mexicanas.
Mexicano-americanos en la literatura.
Problemas sociales en la literatura.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Semiotics & Theory.
American poetry -- Mexican American authors
American poetry -- Mexican influences
Mexican Americans in literature
Mexican Americans -- Intellectual life
Social problems in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021700826
ISBN 9780520911871