This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the First Year Odyssey Seminar "More than Melodramas: Telenovelas"



Tuesday, January 20, 2015


I grew up in a home with no cable television. This left my family and I with very few options as to what we could watch. I remember we would spend forever searching for something to watch. One thing that always stood out as we flipped through was the Spanish channel. There were always these shows that looked so fascinating, but my dad never would stop and actually watch them. Every once in a while, when it was just me and the television, I would get stuck for a minute, mesmerized by all of the dramatic emotions that were being displayed.
That was about the extent of what I knew about telenovelas before coming into this class. Everyone always assumed they were the equivalent of American soap operas but after these first couple of classes, it has become obvious that they are so much more. I am excited to learn more about telenovelas and the role that they play in the lives of many.

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