Mini-Series 1.6. La Llorona: The Wandering Soul

If you listen carefully on a quiet night, you may hear cries of a weeping woman calling for her lost children. Maybe you tell the children in your life that if they misbehave, she’ll come for you. That’s right! In this episode, we tell the story of La Llorona, a woman from Mexican folklore who was wronged by her husband and transformed into the darkest version of herself. Some may say she was a monster. Join us as we recount La Llorona’s origin story and discuss its implications from a feminist/Chicanx perspective. What better way to end our first mini series!

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Show Notes:

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Sources:

Acosta, Camille Maria, “La Llorona, Picante Pero Sabroso: The Mexican Horror Legend as a Story of Survival and a Reclamation of the Monster” (2021). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3501. https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/theses/3501

Bradley, L. (2019, April 19). The Curse of La Llorona: The Real Legend Behind the Horror Film. Vanity Fair. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/04/la-llorona-real-mexican-legend-curse-of-la-llorona-movie

Delsol, C. (2012, October 10). Mexico’s legend of La Llorona continues to terrify. SFGATE. https://www.sfgate.com/mexico/mexicomix/article/Mexico-s-legend-of-La-Llorona-continues-to-3933072.php

Lackey, Holly, “La Llorona’s Invitation: Chicanx Feminist Literature and the Community of the Monstrous” (2020). Honors Projects. 144. https://digitalcommons.spu.edu/honorsprojects/144

Nelson, Patricia, “Rewriting Myth: New Interpretations of La Malinche, La Llorona, and La Virgen de Guadalupe in Chicana Feminist Literature” (2008). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 788. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/honorstheses/788

Winick, S. (2021, October 13). La Llorona: An Introduction to the Weeping Woman | Folklife Today. Folklife Today. https://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2021/10/la-llorona-an-introduction-to-the-weeping-woman/

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