The Traditional Romancero in Mexico: Panorama
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A traditional genre possesses two principal characteristics: its power of conservation and its power of variation. Thanks to the first, it can preserve up to the present time themes, plots, motifs, and texts that were born centuries ago. Thanks to variation, the texts are able to adapt themselves to the place where they are received and to the people that adopt them. In this game of change and preservation is the reason for the long life of romances, canciones, proverbs, sayings, and stories.
Oral Tradition, 2/2-3 (1987): 616-32.