July 20, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library:

There Was a Woman : La Llorona from Folklore to Popular Culture by Domino Renee Perez. “How is it that there are so many lloronas?” A haunting figure of Mexican oral and literary traditions, La Llorona permeates the consciousness of her folk community. From a ghost who haunts the riverbank to a murderous mother condemned to wander the Earth after killing her own children in an act of revenge or grief, the Weeping Woman has evolved within Chicano imaginations across centuries, yet no truly comprehensive examination of her impact existed until now. Tracing La Llorona from ancient oral tradition to her appearance in contemporary material culture, There Was a Woman delves into the intriguing transformations of this provocative icon.

From La Llorona’s roots in legend to the revisions of her story and her exaltation as a symbol of resistance, Domino Renee Perez illuminates her many permutations as seductress, hag, demon, or pitiful woman. Perez draws on more than 200 artifacts to provide vivid representations of the ways in which these perceived identities are woven from abstract notions — such as morality or nationalism — and from concrete, often misunderstood concepts from advertising to television and literature. The result is a rich and intricate survey of a powerful figure who continues to be reconfigured.

Author, Domino Renee Perez is associate professor in the Department of English and the Center for Mexican American studies at the University of Texas at Austin.