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The Bear and His Sons: Masculinity in Spanish and Mexican Folktales

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All the world over, people tell stories to express their deepest feelings about such things as what makes a "real" man or woman; what true love, courage, or any other virtue is; what the proper relationships are between people. Often groups of people widely separated by space or time will tell the same basic story, but with differences in the details that reveal much about a particular group's worldview.

This book looks at differences in the telling of several common Hispanic folktales. James Taggart contrasts how two men--a Spaniard and an Aztec-speaking Mexican--tell such tales as "The Bear's Son." He explores how their stories present different ways of being a man in their respective cultures.

Taggart's analysis contributes to a revision of Freud's theory of gender, which was heavily grounded in biological determinism. Taggart focuses instead on how fathers reproduce different forms of masculinity in their sons. In particular, he shows how fathers who care for their infant sons teach them a relational masculinity based on a connected view of human relationships. Thus, The Bear and His Sons will be important reading not only in anthropology and folklore, but also in the growing field of men's studies.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780292786943
Subtitle:
Masculinity in Spanish and Mexican Folktales
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Author:
James M. Taggart
Author:
Taggart, James M.
Subject:
Tales, mexican
Subject:
Tales, spanish
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Communication in folklore -- Mexico.
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Nahuas
Subject:
Mexicans
Subject:
Masculinity
Subject:
Machismo
Subject:
Communication in folklore.
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Sculptors
Subject:
Tales -- Mexico.
Subject:
Tales -- Spain.
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
Mythology-Latin American
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1997
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
344

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Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

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