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Guilty pleasures: Class, gender, culture and life as they are connected to <i>telenovelas</i>


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The purpose of this research is to examine the way Latinas read telenovelas. Since each viewer brings her own “identity” to the reading, each one may come away with different ideas about the themes and characters they see. In her book, Loving with a vengeance (1982), Tania Modleski situates soap operas and their study squarely within the context of feminist theory. She argues that soap operas position their female “readers” quite differently than more male-oriented texts and make possible quite different pleasures and meanings. The literature acknowledges that soap operas were initially created for female viewers, specifically housewives “because soap operas spoke to their particular ‘feminine’ needs” (Allen, 1995, p. 6). But times have changed and telenovelas have surpassed the traditional American soap operas in the ratings. This is primarily due to the changing role of women; many no longer stay at home to watch the daytime soaps (Allen, p. 14). Since telenovelas are shown during prime time, they have surpassed the daytime soaps in viewers and address not only women's issues but social issues as well and help to shape their identity. The study focuses on middle class Latinas and their readings of telenovelas to determine if such readings have any significance on the way they identify themselves in terms of religion, gender, ethnicity, and class.

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Subject
Womens studies;
Mass media;
Hispanic Americans;
Social classes;
Gender;
Culture
Classification
0453: Womens studies
0708: Mass media
0737: Hispanic Americans
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Culture; Gender; Latinas; Media studies; Telenovela
Title
Guilty pleasures: Class, gender, culture and life as they are connected to <i>telenovelas</i>
Author
Gutierrez, Santos
Number of pages
274
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
1283
Source
DAI-A 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549675877
Advisor
Miranda, Marie
Committee member
Huesca, Robert; Langman, Juliet; Perez, Bertha
University/institution
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Department
Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3315927
ProQuest document ID
304813689
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304813689
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