Mexican Telenovela

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TOMORROW IS FOREVER: EXAMINING NARRATIVE STRUCTURE AND CULTURAL ARCHETYPES IN THREE MEXICAN TELENOVELAS

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ABSTRACT ................................................................................................ ii DEDICATION ........................................................................................... iv ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ...........................................................................v LIST OF TABLES ................................................................................... viii LIST OF FIGURES ................................................................................... ix 1. INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................1 2. LITERATURE REVIEW ........................................................................5 a. Genre Theory ...........................................................................................6 b. The Soap Opera and Telenovela Genre ...................................................8 c. Narrative Structure .................................................................................12 d. Analyzing Title Sequences ....................................................................21 e. Cultural Identity and Gender ..................................................................24 3. DECONSTRUCTING THE NARRATIVE STRUCTURE ..................36 a. Telenovela Time.....................................................................................37 b. Functions ................................................................................................44 4. DICHOTOMIZING CHARACTER ARCHETYPES ...........................68 a. La Virgen de Guadalupe vs. La Malinche .............................................70 b. Marianismo vs. Machismo .....................................................................84 c. Poor vs. Rich ..........................................................................................91 vi

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