The Pan-American Bolero and María Grever’s Idealized Woman

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM


Free Event

UCSB graduate student Cloe Gentile (Musicology) will present a talk titled “The Pan-American Bolero and María Grever’s Idealized Woman” on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 3:30-4:45 pm in Room 1145 in the Music Building. Research supported by the Graduate Diversity Fellowship sponsored through the Graduate Research Mentorship Program. Presented by UCSB Music History and Theory Forum.


This presentation uncovers race and gender ideologies as made manifest in the bolero genre, and looks specifically at the cultural dialogues between Mexico City and New York City in the 1940’s and 50’s by examining the specific case of Mexican composer, María Grever’s, bolero, “Te quiero, dijiste.” With this example Ms. Gentile wishes to focus on the very points of intersection between race and gender to explore what it meant and still means to be a Latina in and through the Mexican bolero’s imagery of women. She will investigate issues surrounding musical embodiment, agency, and performance for Latinas within the larger context of transnational rhetoric that bolsters a sense of white superiority and male domination.