COHFA | Writing Your Obsessions: Poetry and Research

Title

Encounters with murderous monsters: presentation on Belizean folklore

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Public Relations

Minor

Creative writing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Carrie Jerrell

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

For my presentation, I’ll first introduce the many different creatures in the Belizean/Hispanic folktales I was raised on, perhaps recounting one of the more famous stories of the way the creatures ‘operate.’ The main three are El Duende, La Llorona and El Xtabai. I will talk about their origin stories and if there are more than one for each, then list my sources of where I got them. I’ll read the poems I chose for the presentation (tentative): Origin, Maria finds out her husband is cheating and La Llorona. These poems are all about one of the creatures, La Llorona. I will discuss why I chose the forms and the personas for each, defining poetry terms the audience might not be familiar with. For one of the poems, it was modeled after one of the poems from poet A.V. Jordan, so I will include that poem for comparison. I’ll explain my interest for my research topic and how it relates to who I am today. Since the folktales were something that is embedded in my culture, I’ll give a brief explanation of why I thought it to be important to share with others since it represents a culture and a people as a whole, instead of just ordinary scary bedtime stories. I’ll list a few quick fun facts about my topic and how there’s a connection the U.S. (sightings of La Llorona has been reported in New Mexico.)

Affiliations

OTHER Affiliation

Other Affiliations

ENG 416/561

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Encounters with murderous monsters: presentation on Belizean folklore

For my presentation, I’ll first introduce the many different creatures in the Belizean/Hispanic folktales I was raised on, perhaps recounting one of the more famous stories of the way the creatures ‘operate.’ The main three are El Duende, La Llorona and El Xtabai. I will talk about their origin stories and if there are more than one for each, then list my sources of where I got them. I’ll read the poems I chose for the presentation (tentative): Origin, Maria finds out her husband is cheating and La Llorona. These poems are all about one of the creatures, La Llorona. I will discuss why I chose the forms and the personas for each, defining poetry terms the audience might not be familiar with. For one of the poems, it was modeled after one of the poems from poet A.V. Jordan, so I will include that poem for comparison. I’ll explain my interest for my research topic and how it relates to who I am today. Since the folktales were something that is embedded in my culture, I’ll give a brief explanation of why I thought it to be important to share with others since it represents a culture and a people as a whole, instead of just ordinary scary bedtime stories. I’ll list a few quick fun facts about my topic and how there’s a connection the U.S. (sightings of La Llorona has been reported in New Mexico.)