Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Mary Beltrán


Associate ProfessorPh.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Mary Beltrán

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Critical and Cultural studies of the Construction of Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Film and Television; with specializations in Latina/os and Media and Mixed Race and U.S. Media Culture.

Biography


Mary Beltrán is an Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film, specializing in critical race studies and television and film studies. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Department of American Studies; some of her courses also count toward the College of Communication’s undergraduate certificate in Latino Media Studies.

Her research is focused on the construction of race, class, and gender—with particular emphasis on Latina/os and mixed race representation— in U.S. television, film, and celebrity culture, and how media texts and producers articulate and challenge social hierarchies and group identities. She also has strong interest in and teaches on U.S. television and film history, critical and cultural studies of television and film, celebrity studies, feminist media studies, media activism and alternative media.

Dr. Beltrán has published on a wide variety of topics, including the evolution of Latina/o film and television production and stardom since the 1920s, the implications of the rising visibility of mixed-race actors and characters, Latina action film heroines, and the increasing “Latinization” of television and film narratives in the post-millennial era.  She is the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom (University of Illinois Press, 2009) and co-editor, with Camilla Fojas, of Mixed Race Hollywood (NYU Press, 2008).  Her current projects include the essay “Fast and Bilingual: The Fast Franchise’s Lucrative Embodiment of U.S. Borderlands” and the book manuscript Post Race Pop? Strategic ‘Racelessness’ in Millennial Media Culture.

Courses


MAS 374 • Latina Feminisms And Media

36020 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CMA 3.116
(also listed as RTF 359S, WGS 324)

Special topics related to the critical analysis of media in cultural contexts. Survey of Chicana and Latina feminist scholarship, activism, and creative expression with an emphasis on Latina media production and representation in U.S. entertainment media.

Only one of the following may be counted: Mexican American Studies 374 (Topic: Latina Feminisms and Media) Radio-Television-Film 359 (Topic: Latina Feminisms and Media), 359S (Topic 9), Women's and Gender Studies 324 (Topic: Latina Feminisms and Media).

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the cultural diversity flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

 

AMS 391 • Race/Class/Gender In Amer Tv

30114 • Fall 2015
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CMA 6.172

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

MAS 374 • Latina/Os And Us Media

35150 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CMA 3.116
(also listed as RTF 359)

FLAGS:   CD  |  Wr

 

Latina/os & U.S. Media provides a critical survey of the representation and participation of Latinos and Latinas in U.S. English-language film and television since the era of silent film.  Through weekly screenings, readings, and discussion we will explore how Mexican Americans and other Latina/os have been depicted in U.S. film, television, and celebrity culture, with focus on how specific Latina/o groups have been portrayed and Hollywood’s construction of Latinidad more generally.  Intersections with gender, race, citizenship, class, sexuality and other elements of identity also will be highlighted and explored.  We’ll also survey the work of U.S. Latino and Latina media producers, paying special attention to the ways in which the images and media texts that they construct offer counter narratives to Hollywood films and television. We’ll also explore contemporary issues and debates related to Latina and Latino representation and media production in the U.S., media industry shifts related to the representation of and outreach to Latina/os, and shifting and static notions of Latinidad in the national imaginary. Although a variety of media studies approaches are taken up in the readings, critical and cultural studies approaches will be emphasized.

 

MAS 374 • Race/Class/Gender In Amer Tv

35442 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 3:30PM-5:00PM CMA 3.116
(also listed as AMS 321, RTF 335, WGS 324)

Multidisciplinary course examining issues of women, gender, and sexuality in media industries, texts, and audiences.

MAS 374 • Latina Feminisms And Media

36427 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CMA 3.120
(also listed as RTF 359, WGS 324)

Cross-listed with MAS and WGS 324

This upper-division undergraduate course surveys Chicana and Latina feminist scholarship, activism, and creative expression, with an emphasis on media production.  We will explore therise and development of Latina feminisms and activism in relation to the Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, and U.S. women’s movements and in relation to historical and social contexts for women and girls of Mexican American and other U.S. Latina heritage.  The last half of the course will survey scholarship on Latina participation and representation in mediated popular culture and strategies of resistance enacted through Latina film and media production.  Carries both the Cultural Diversity and Writing flag.

MAS 392 • Latina Feminisms And Media

36737 • Spring 2014
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM CMA 6.172
(also listed as RTF 386C, WGS 393)

This graduate seminar surveys Chicana and Latina feminist scholarship, activism, and creative expression, with an emphasis on media production.  We will explore the rise and development of Latina feminisms and activism in relation to the Chicana/o, Puerto Rican, and U.S. women’s movements and in relation to historical and social contexts for women and girls of Mexican American and other U.S. Latina heritage.  The last half of the course will survey scholarship on Latina participation and representation in mediated popular culture and strategies of resistance enacted through Latina film and media production.  

AMS 391 • Race Ethnicity In American Tv

30915 • Fall 2013
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM CMA 5.130

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

MAS 374 • Latina/Os And Us Media

36210 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CMA A3.120

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AMS 391 • Mixed Race Rep & Critical Thry

30923 • Spring 2012
Meets F 9:00AM-12:00PM NOA 1.110

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

RTF 386C • Race/Class/Gender In Amer Tv

08587 • Fall 2011
Meets T 2:00PM-5:00PM UTC 1.136
(also listed as AMS 391)

Television is one of the primary forums through which American notions of race, ethnicity, and citizenship, have been constructed, in intersection with class and gender; this graduate seminar explores the evolution of these dynamics in U.S. televisual representation. In addition to study of how racial and ethnic diversity has been represented in entertainment television since its inception and how various racialized and ethnic groups have participated in television production and consumption, scholarship on these topics and areas of theoretical and popular contention will be surveyed.

Key concepts interrogated include race, racialization, whiteness, the intersectionality of constructions of race, class, and gender, debates over equitable representation and television as a public forum, self-representation and television authorship, diaspora and transnational television flows, and cultural hybridity versus cultural appropriation. A variety of media studies approaches are taken up in the readings, with critical and cultural studies approaches emphasized.

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