Tomorrow is forever: examining narrative structure and cultural archetypes in three Mexican telenovelas

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dc.contributor Copeland, Gary
dc.contributor Black, Jason Edward
dc.contributor.advisor Butler, Jeremy G.
dc.contributor.author De Anda, Marissa Carolina
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:20:37Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:20:37Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000050
dc.identifier.other DeAnda_alatus_0004M_10121
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/557
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Telenovelas are a staple of Mexican popular culture and their narratives communicate discursive, ideological meanings stemming from the history and myths of that culture. The current study provides an in-depth textual analysis of three Mexican telenovelas currently airing on the US Spanish-language network, Univision: Las Tontas No Van al Cielo, Cuidado con el Ángel, and Mañana Es Para Siempre. One week's worth of episodes, from Wednesday to Wednesday, February 25-March 4, 2009, was analyzed. The purpose of this textual analysis is to examine how narrative is constructed and what culturally specific elements are expressed and promoted through the narrative elements, character archetypes, theme songs, and imagery of these telenovelas and their opening credits. This study offers an understanding of the historical roots of the archetypes seen in these telenovela as well as a framework for understanding their narrative structure. A structuralist approach is used to facilitate analyzing both the narrative structure and character archetypes. Ultimately, a framework was created to explain how specific narrative functions are used on a daily basis to forestall the main couple's happiness until the very last episode. Examining the functions in telenovelas reveals how, in many ways, the storylines are variations of similar plots with similar character archetypes. This thesis also contributes to the small body of literature that exists in examining and understanding how historical figures and gender roles are presented and promoted within telenovelas. Telenovelas' elaborate title sequences are also analyzed to see how they express narrative elements and specific cultural meanings in compressed form. Finally, the distinctive manner in which title sequences promote the stars associated with the telenovelas is considered.
dc.format.extent 150 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.haspart Includes pdf still images of telenovela title sequences.
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Mass Communications
dc.subject.other Anthropology, Cultural
dc.subject.other Women's Studies
dc.title Tomorrow is forever: examining narrative structure and cultural archetypes in three Mexican telenovelas
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Telecommunication and Film
etdms.degree.discipline Telecommunication and Film
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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