Drugs, Thugs and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in Latin America

Latin American soap operas—telenovelas—have found enthusiastic audiences throughout the Americas and Europe, as well as in Egypt, Russia, and China, while Mexican narco-dramas have become highly popular among Latinos in the United States. In this first comprehensive analysis of telenovelas and narco-dramas, Mellon Mays Fellow Hugo Benavides assesses the dynamic role of melodrama in creating meaningful cultural images to explain why these genres have become so successful while more elite cultural productions are declining in popularity. He postulates that as one of the most effective and lucrative industries in Latin America, telenovelas and narco-dramas play a key role in the ongoing reconfiguration of social identities and popular culture. Buy on Amazon.

Title
Drugs, Thugs and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in Latin America
Author
Benavides, O. Hugo
Published
University of Texas / University of Texas Press, 2008
ISBN
978-0292717121
Citation
Benavides, O. Hugo, Drugs, Thugs and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in Latin America (Austin, TX: University of Texas / University of Texas Press, 2008).