Recovering the Emotional Core of nuevomexicanas during the Territorial Period through la finada de Paula Ángel

Carmella Scorcia Pacheco ()

La finada de Paula Ángel, one of the best known inditas of New Mexico, recounts the tragic episode of the only woman ever legally hanged to death in New Mexico. Through an analysis of the ballad’s ‘emotional core’—which functions as the principal image (Tristram, 1957; Paredes 1993) and is retained from variant to variant; I argue that la finada de Paula Ángel’s emotional core works to lament the structures which limited women of color during New Mexico’s Territorial Period.

Part of V2-03 Women, Violence, and New Mexican "Traditional" Music, Wednesday, October 11, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm