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Telenovelas

Fall 2017 | Volume XVII, Number 1

Table of Contents

Editor’s Letter →

by June Carolyn Erlick

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First Take: Our Telenovela, Ourselves

First Take: Our Telenovela, Ourselves

First Take: Our Telenovela, Ourselves

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that has shaped identities and enacted a multiplicity of roles for Latin Americans in their daily lives. Diverse and ambiguous ways of being and belonging to the world’s popular cultures are…

Women and Sexuality

Telenovela Heroines

Telenovela Heroines

I first became interested in telenovelas as an academic subject when, more than thirty years ago, I heard my then two-year-old daughter sing a song for the first time. It was the opening…

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin, a current television series, makes a compelling case for the U.S. mainstream television and the presence that Latina/os have within that market. The show represents a…

Women in Peruvian Melodrama

Women in Peruvian Melodrama

The meteoric rise of a soft-spoken agronomist of Japanese ancestry to the presidency of Peru, followed by his spectacular descent into dictatorship and corruption, coupled with the…

From Narcos to Turks

Narconovelas

Narconovelas

n May 2017, the acclaimed band Los Tigres del Norte was fined $25,000 for singing a couple of narcocorridos (traditional Mexican ballads with lyrics that tell of the exploits of drug traffickers)…

A Tale of Two Transnational Telenovelas

A Tale of Two Transnational Telenovelas

Almost a decade ago now, I was working as project manager at an MIT research lab called the Convergence Culture Consortium. The project focused on understanding the myriad changes to…

New Audiences, New Forms

Hybrid Fiction in Latin America

Hybrid Fiction in Latin America

The father of a friend of mine became hooked on Avenida Brasil, a Brazilian telenovela that was a hit in several Latin American countries. Every night, as he sat down to watch the telenovela, he…

Vignettes

Sharing Latin Loves in Lithuania

Sharing Latin Loves in Lithuania

When I was growing up in Lithuania, at the time the country transitioned from the Soviet rule to independence, my grandmother and I used to watch Mexican and Venezuelan telenovelas…

Loving Escobar, Hating Narcos

Loving Escobar, Hating Narcos

Stumbling across the Colombian narconovela Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal on Netflix was a minor highlight of my recent sabbatical at DRCLAS. For one, it provided the perfect antidote for…

Learning from Telenovelas

Learning from Telenovelas

Like most people, some of my fondest childhood memories are from times spent in the kitchen. Yet few recollections are as vivid as racing back from preschool to turn on the kitchen TV in time…

Mother and Son

Mother and Son

My mother, Lilia de la Carrera (1921-2012), was a fan of telenovelas. In fact, she began to listen to such programs on radio well before they became common fare on Cuban television in the…

María la del Barrio

María la del Barrio

Growing up in Virginia in the ’80s, I didn’t have a lot of access to telenovelas. If asked, my parents would probably joke that they had emigrated from Argentina to escape high drama. After years…

Building Bridges

Book Talk

Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution

Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution

At various points in Peter Andreas’ extraordinary childhood, he was kidnapped by his own mother, lived as a squatter in a commune in Chile during the tumultuous months leading up to the coup d’état in 1973, and traveled throughout Peru performing revolutionary street…

Inka History in Knots

Inka History in Knots

Some years ago I went to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, in Italy’s Alto Adige, to gaze upon Ötzi. Better known as the Iceman, Ötzi was an early Bronze Age traveler and homicide victim whose well-preserved body was accidentally discovered in 1991 as it…