A Spanglish blog dedicated to the works, ruminations, and mongrel pyrotechnics of Yago S. Cura, an Argentine-American poet, translator, publisher & futbol cretin. Yago publishes Hinchas de Poesia, an online literary journal, & is the sole proprietor of Hinchas Press.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Recently during an interview, a professor of Spanish asked me what references and resources I would suggest for a student doing research on "La Malinche," a figure in the numerous Chicano novels and paintings. Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama & Fiction by Alexander Street Press might be a great place to start, or the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. La Malinche was the translator and guide to Cortes and later bore him a son. I always thought of her as the Mexican Sacagawea, maybe Sacagawea is the North American Malinche? Regardless, the answer I gave highlights Malinche's suture with the myth of la Llorona, but maybe a more historically appropriate database would have been a better place to start, VISTAS: Visual Cultura in Spanish America, 1520-1820 & LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center. I might get lucky using JSTOR; lucky in the sense that I might find an article dealing with a contemporary issue of La Malinche that discusses the history.

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