Woman and the Wilderness of Legend: An Intolerable ‘Margin of Mess’
Pacific Coast Philology
La Llorona, the weeping woman of Mexican legend, was first heard in Mexico City about 1550, according to Luis Gonzàlez Obregón (Leddy 10). Dressed in white, she went through the streets weeping in anguish and then disappeared into a lake (Leddy 10). Legends of the City of Mexico, which was published in 1910, presents an account in which La Llorona drowned all her children in the canals of Mexico, regretted her acts of infanticide, and haunted the streets at night, weeping and wailing for her children.
“Woman and the Wilderness of Legend: An Intolerable ‘Margin of Mess.’ ” Pacific Coast Philology 26.1-2(1991):96-104.