Communication and Culture | Hispanics and Latinos in Film and TV
C415 | 9595 | Staff


This course examines U.S. film and television constructions of

Hispanics and the Latinos/as’ (i.e. Mexican-American/Chicano, Puerto

Rican/Boricua, and Cuban-American) counter-hegemonic responses to

mainstream stereotypical representations.  Throughout the semester we

will explore the complex relationship between mainstream media

constructions of Hispanics and the Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban

migrations to the U.S.  Thus, a key element in our discussions will

be the ethnic “transformations” of Hispanic stereotypes.  Finally, we

will discuss the ways in which specific Latino communities have

created media products to represent the multiple and diverse

identities and cultural elements that are part of U.S. pan-national

Latino groups.  We will pay special attention to the ways in which

Latino alternative media problematize issues of ethnicity, gender,

class, sexuality, and race.