ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 144 pages
Drama! Excess! Men in bee suits! Often erroneously compared to soap operas of the United States, outside of the necessary and sometimes fantastical dramatic story arc, however, the "telenovela" differs greatly from U.S. soap operas and have regional and cultural distinctions throughout Latin America. In "Telenovelas," Ilan Stavans has gathered over two-dozen essays covering the "telenovela" for readers to better understand the phenomenon and its myriad layers.
Branching off from "radionovelas," the "telenovela" was exported from pre-Castro Cuba during the 1950s. The essays found in "Telenovelas" covers a broad view of the genre, television's impact in Latino culture, as well as more in-depth discussions of specific "telenovelas" throughout the Spanish-speaking television audience in the North America. Also explored is how "telenovelas" depict stereotypes, respond to gender and class roles, and examines the differences in topic and thematic choices as well as production values unique to each country.