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ENGL 100 Prof. Cross: Bogeys, Monsters, Ghosts & More: La Llorona

This is a course guide for Prof. Cross's research and writing assignment

La Llorona

La Llorona

For a number of reasons, La Llorona is one of the trickier mythological characters to research. However, researching La Llorona is great practice for the types of research you'll be doing when you transfer and enroll in upper division courses. Don't hesitate to contact a Librarian for help!  

  • Perez, Domino Renee. There was a Woman: La Llorona from Folklore to Popular CultureThis is a scholarly book, a secondary source; it's not available as an e-book, but you can check out the print copy from Skyline College Library. See below.
  • Cisneros, SandraWoman Hollering Creek. See below. While the Library does not own an e-book edition, you can get it on Amazon (Kindle) for about $10. (You don't need to own a Kindle -- you can use the free app to read the book on whatever device you are using). 
  • If you're able to read in Spanish, the e-book edition of Woman Hollering Creek is usually available through the Peninsula Library System. If you don't have one, you can get a free library card, even if you don't live in San Mateo County.
  • Lastly, there is Cecilia Donohue's book of literary criticism, Sandra Cisneros's Woman Hollering Creek. See below.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) E-Book Collection (ProQuest)

There are many additional sources that discuss and analyze the La Llorona myth in the Library's DEI e-book database. Use your OneLogin credentials to get started, or Ask a Librarian for help. 

Audio Resources

"La Llorona's Sacred Waters" on 24th and York in the Mission District, San Francisco. (Karma Camilleeon / Flickr)

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