Drugs, Thugs, and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in Latin America [NOOK Book]

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Soap opera speaks a universal language, presenting characters and plots that resonate far beyond the culture that creates them. Latin American soap operas-telenovelas-have found enthusiastic audiences throughout the Americas and Europe, as well as in Egypt, Russia, and China, while Mexican narco-dramas have become highly popular among Latinos in the United States. In this first comprehensive analysis of telenovelas and narco-dramas, Hugo Benavides assesses the dynamic role of melodrama in creating meaningful ...
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Drugs, Thugs, and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in Latin America

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Overview

Soap opera speaks a universal language, presenting characters and plots that resonate far beyond the culture that creates them. Latin American soap operas-telenovelas-have found enthusiastic audiences throughout the Americas and Europe, as well as in Egypt, Russia, and China, while Mexican narco-dramas have become highly popular among Latinos in the United States. In this first comprehensive analysis of telenovelas and narco-dramas, Hugo Benavides assesses the dynamic role of melodrama in creating meaningful cultural images to explain why these genres have become so successful while more elite cultural productions are declining in popularity. Benavides offers close readings of the Colombian telenovelas Betty la fea (along with its Mexican and U.S. reincarnations La fea más bella and Ugly Betty), Adrián está de visita, and Pasión de gavilanes; the Brazilian historical telenovela Xica; and a variety of Mexican narco-drama films. Situating these melodramas within concrete historical developments in Latin America, he shows how telenovelas and narco-dramas serve to unite peoples of various countries and provide a voice of rebellion against often-oppressive governmental systems. Indeed, Benavides concludes that as one of the most effective and lucrative industries in Latin America, telenovelas and narco-dramas play a key role in the ongoing reconfiguration of social identities and popular culture.
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Ruby Tapia
Drugs, Thugs, and Divas offers a truly original contribution to studies of Latin American popular culture. The book treats two genres whose popularity is growing exponentially within and outside of Latin America, and its extended, nuanced investigation of narco-dramas, in particular, makes it a truly cutting-edge study.
Ruby Tapia, Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies, Ohio State University
Ruby Tapia
Drugs, Thugs, and Divas offers a truly original contribution to studies of Latin American popular culture. The book treats two genres whose popularity is growing exponentially within and outside of Latin America, and its extended, nuanced investigation of narco-dramas, in particular, makes it a truly cutting-edge study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292782969
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

O. HUGO BENAVIDES is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies, and International Political Economy and Development at Fordham University in New York City, where he directs the M.A. program in Humanities and Sciences.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Melodrama as Ambiguous Signifier: Latin American Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas     1
Part 1
Seeing Xica and the Melodramatic Unveiling of Colonial Desire     25
Producing the Global West through Latin Tales of Seduction and Envy     46
Karen's Seduction: The Racial Politics of Appropriate Dinner Guests     67
A Mother's Wrath and the Complex Disjuncturing of Class     88
Part 2
Being Narco: The Evolution of a Continental Sensibility     111
Saintly Figures and Icons: The Migration of a Continental Dream     13
La Reina del Sur: Gender, Racial, and National Contestations of Regional Identity     152
Sex, Drugs, and Cumbia: The Hybrid Nature of Culture     171
Conclusion: The Postcolonial Politics of Melodrama     191
Postscript: Ugly Betty     211
References     217
Index     229

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