This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the course "Telenovelas, Culture and Society" at the University of Georgia during Spring 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011


As I say goodbye to this class, I know I’m leaving more knowledgeable about telenovelas and Latin American culture and society. I entered this class expecting to watch a few Spanish “soap operas,” and I leave knowing that telenovelas are much more than a soap opera; they are the epitome of a melodramatic love story.

I’ve learned about the production of telenovelas not only from Dr. A’s class lecture, but also from famous directors and actors in the telenovela world. This class was a cultural experience and I've learned how powerful and influential telenovelas are. Their themes messages are broadcast to millions of viewers who are then influenced by those messages. Telenovelas have political and social power, that’s can be a scary thing. But the creators of the novelas know this and use this power to help the people Writers like Leonardo Padrón expose a nation to the realities of Asperger’s syndrome, humanizing the issue and bringing attention to a disorder that affects millions of people.

Whether the telenovela is rosa or realista, their stories can entice nations. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn so much about a field I initially knew little about.


1 comment:

  1. "Whether the telenovela is rosa or realista, their stories can entice nations." I think you hit it right on the head with this sentence. The thing that MOST blew me away about telenovelas was how many people tune into them. I just got done talking with some Honduran friends of mine here in Athens, and they are all obsessed with La Reina del Sur. Entire nations and communities are captured by these stories, and I have some much respect for that!