Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun

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Bakewell's study is part memoir, part travelogue, and part investigation into a culture and its language.
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Bakewell's study is part memoir, part travelogue, and part investigation into a culture and its language.
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Meandering from the technical to the trivial and displaying a tendency to fulminate redundantly about sexism, Bakewell, a linguistic anthropologist at Brown University, examines Mexican Spanish "under a microscope" to dissect the many idioms demeaning "la madre" in "the land of mother worship." More memoir than monograph, the book describes Bakewell's fixation on this madre paradox and her interest in interactions between culture and language. Friends serve as guides to Mexican slang. Men warn her what she, as a female, may not say (e.g., desmadre, a disaster), while women tell her that girls are taught to aspire to the purity of the Virgin Mary, even though, once married, a bride is transformed into Eve, "the sinner." Most interesting when tackling the question of why "ninety-nine amigas plus el one amigo resulted in los one hundred amigos," Bakewell cites academics and acquaintances to show that "mental perceptions of objects are influenced by grammatical genders." The account of her linguistic journey wanders through such topics as "Wedding," "Love," and "Back to Church," to a weak conclusion: to her, Mexican "madre" slang is "still an enigma." (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826351760
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Liza Bakewell

Liza Bakewell is a linguistic anthropologist at Brown University.
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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    Highly Recommended; Great Holiday Gift, for Mom

    This is both a hilarious and intelligently written book, apt to bounce you along with its animated, poetic and conversational prose. One does not have to speak Spanish to enjoy this book, but love language and enjoy pondering the way language works in our lives, it's relationship to reality, and how we see the world. Much of the book deals with gender and language, how culture and society "gender-ize" the language and what impact that has on speakers' perceptions. The book is a journey through the Spanish language, especially in Mexico, although it goes into other areas as well. The intriguing part of the book is to discover that in Mexico "madre" the word for mother is a swear word, to be uttered very, very carefully, if at all. That struck me as amazing. All in all, a great read, and also short, just over 200 pages, something I appreciate because I have kids and commitments and like to read books in one sitting if possible,or big chunks of them that way. Fit in my purse. I gave it to my mom when I finished. And I bought a number to give away for the holidays. The cover is perfect, coincidentally perfect for the holidays, too.

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