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Latin American Melodrama: Passion, Pathos, and Entertainment
edited by Darlene J. Sadlier
contributions by Darlene J. Sadlier, Cid Vasconcelos, Ismail Xavier, Luisela Alvaray, Mariana Baltar, Catherine L Benamou, Marvin D'Lugo, Paula Félix-Didier, Andrés Levinson and Gilberto Perez
introduction by Darlene J. Sadlier
University of Illinois Press, 2008
Cloth: 978-0-252-03464-0 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09232-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-07655-8
Library of Congress Classification PN1993.5.L3L345 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43098


Like their Hollywood counterparts, Latin American film and TV melodramas have always been popular and highly profitable. The first of its kind, this anthology engages in a serious study of the aesthetics and cultural implications of Latin American melodramas. Written by some of the major figures in Latin American film scholarship, the studies range across seventy years of movies and television within a transnational context, focusing specifically on the period known as the "Golden Age" of melodrama, the impact of classic melodrama on later forms, and more contemporary forms of melodrama. An introductory essay examines current critical and theoretical debates on melodrama and places the essays within the context of Latin American film and media scholarship.

Contributors are Luisela Alvaray, Mariana Baltar, Catherine L. Benamou, Marvin D’Lugo, Paula Félix-Didier, Andrés Levinson, Gilberto Perez, Darlene J. Sadlier, Cid Vasconcelos, and Ismail Xavier.

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