After an awesome summer teaching "International Mass Communication" in Oxford, I'm back at my university and routine. The Fall semester has already started and with it my class "Telenovelas, Culture and Society."
The course will examine Latin American telenovelas and their insertion in Latin America’s social formation. The connections between culture, media and society will be highlighted as we examine the historical roots of the genre, learn about its contexts of production, consumption and regulation, and analyze telenovelas as a public forum for the negotiation of social issues and meanings associated with Latin American reality. In addition, the course will underscore how telenovelas implicate and draw their audiences into the process of cultural production, as we look at how a mass-produced genre, conceived as for-profit entertainment, has tremendous significance in the everyday life of those who watch it.
- To become familiar with communication concepts and tools that are used in critical and cultural approaches to mass media studies.
- To analyze the ideological, rhetorical and cultural underpinnings of telenovelas.
- To understand the commercial and aesthetics dimensions of telenovelas, and their social uses.
- To examine how processes of industrialization and globalization have made their mark on the telenovela genre.