Picarda Chicana: Latino Folk Humor. Folklore Latino Jocoso. José , R. Reyna

ISBN: 9780915745425

Published: October 12th 2005


280 pages


Picarda Chicana: Latino Folk Humor. Folklore Latino Jocoso.  by  José , R. Reyna

Picarda Chicana: Latino Folk Humor. Folklore Latino Jocoso. by José , R. Reyna
October 12th 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 280 pages | ISBN: 9780915745425 | 3.15 Mb

Mexican American, Latino, Hispanic and Chicano folk literature has been of interest to folklorists and been collected incidentally, mostly as part of compilations of the longer and more prestigious standard folktale. Jose Reyna began his collection of jokes 1969, and some of the jokes compiled then, appeared in Stanley L. Robes Antologia del Saber Popular [1971]. Picardia Chicana, the result of thirty years of work, contains five hundred twenty-six jokes which are reproduced here verbatim from tape recordings collected in the field.

Some jokes were collected by the author as field research projects at Texas A & M University-Kingsville [1972-77] and at the University of New Mexico [1977-1984]. Others are synopses of jokes that Dr. Reyna learned over the years and took the liberty of translating to English for presentation here.

This book represents the best Mexican American joke tradition. The title Picardia Chicana was selected in keeping with a well-known sixteenth-century Hispanic tradition of El Lazarillo de Tormes published originally in 1554, which spawned a new literary genre-la novela picaresca. Both the picaro and the novela picaresca would surface in the New World--in Mexico--in the early nineteenth century (Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi, El Periquillo Sarniento). The term picardia would describe the biting wit and humor of twentieth century Mexicans, such as Armando Jimenez, Picardia Mexicana, or that of Mexicos greatest philosopher, Octavio Paz, who would philosophize about picardia (Jimenez, Nueva Picardia).

Here picardia is used to describe the humor of Anglicized Spanish-English bilingual Mexican Americans in the United States of America, neither of whom even existed when the word picaro was born. But, given their status as abused orphans, and their propensity for linguistic wit and humor, it may well be that picardia-living by their [linguistic] wit-is what best defines the Mexican American culture.

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