"The Rooster and Murrieta: The Outlaw-Figure(s) in am Joaquín and El Gallo de Sinaloa"
I saw Natalia Almada's documentary "Al Otro Lado" ("To the Other Side"), which had a heavy focus on corridos. This past summer when I was thinking about a thesis topic, I remembered that documentary and my curiosity about corridos. Thus, I pursued the topic.
This thesis centers on the hero-bandits in Rodolfo Gonzales’s epic poem I am Joaquín (1967) and a handful of corridos from Chalino Sánchez’s album Gallo de Sinaloa (release date of this posthumous album is 1995, but many of these corridos were released prior). I am calling these figures hero-bandits due to their tendency to exist on the fringes of society while being entities of admiration. I am Joaquín is an oral history of Mexico and a battle cry of the Chicanx Movement of the 60s. The corridos from Gallo de Sinaloa are isolated tales from life on the Mexico-US border and around Sinaloa. The hero-bandit in these works are the vessels through which these authors attempt to uplift marginalized groups and forge a national and regional identity. I am particularly interested in how these figures are constructed through the corrido and epic genres and why they generate such a mass appeal.