Negotiations of Power in Mexican and Mexican American Women's Narratives

Show simple item record McNabb, Caroline Louise, 1983- 2011-08-22T21:32:48Z 2011-08-22T21:32:48Z 2011-06
dc.description viii, 138 p. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines casual storytelling among Mexican and Mexican American women in Oaxaca, Mexico and Eugene, Oregon. I focus on narratives involving powerful female protagonists and explore the ways in which storytelling can represent a negotiation of power in informants' lives. Taking a feminist and performance-centered approach, I analyze informants' perceptions of power and gender dynamics in their own lives and the lives of the iconic characters discussed. Analysis is based upon participant-observation, in-depth interviews, casual conversations, popular culture artifacts, and library and archival research. My research indicates that prose narratives are popular and discussed frequently among the communities I interacted with. Female icons function to shape virtuous feminine behavior and chastise immoral behaviors. Women form and articulate multiple identities and communicate about power and gender dynamics through discussion of these protagonists. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Committee in charge: Dr. Lisa Gilman, Chairperson; Dr. Carol Silverman, Member; Dr. Robert Haskett, Member en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Oregon en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of Oregon theses, Folklore Program, M.A., 2011;
dc.subject Folklore en_US
dc.subject Cultural anthropology en_US
dc.subject Latin American history en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Legends en_US
dc.subject Power en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Storytelling en_US
dc.subject Women storytellers
dc.title Negotiations of Power in Mexican and Mexican American Women's Narratives en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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