Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Mary Beltrán


Courtesy AppointmentPh.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor

Courses


MAS 374 • Latina Feminisms And Media

39644 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GEA 114
(also listed as RTF 359S, WGS 324)

Course Description

This upper-division undergraduate course is designed to shed light on Latina lives, on how Latinas have been represented in the U.S. entertainment media, and have countered those images and narratives through work as producers of films, television, and other media. Using a framework of analysis that combines media studies, Latina/o studies, and gender and women’s studies, we will begin with a focus on historical and contemporary issues that Chicanas and other U.S. Latinas have faced and on Latina activism and feminisms. In the last half of the semester we will study and explore Latina representation in U.S. mediated popular culture and strategies of resistance enacted through Latina film and media production. Weekly screenings that showcase the work of Latina screenwriters, filmmakers, and media producers and other notable work with respect to Latina representation also will be central to our discussions.

 

 

MAS 392 • Latinx Film And Media Studies

39700 • Fall 2019
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM CMA 6.172
(also listed as RTF 386C)

This graduate seminar offers a deep dive into the history and seminal texts of Chicana/o and Latina/o film and media studies and the films and television series that have been the focus of this scholarship. Topics will include Latinx cultural citizenship and the U.S. film and television industries; stereotyping and self-representation; intersections with media advocacy and activism; negotiations of race, gender, sexuality, language, citizenship, and generation; intersections with Chicana and Latina feminist studies; and the marketing of Latina/o identity.

Meets 12:30-3:15 Thursdays, with screenings 5-7:30 Mondays.

MAS 374 • Latina/Os And U.S. Media

40405 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BMC 4.206

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AMS 391 • Race/Class/Gender In Amer Tv

31287 • Fall 2018
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM CMA 6.172
(also listed as WGS 393)

Graduate standing required. Permission from instructor required.

MAS 374 • Race/Class/Gender In Amer Tv

40584 • Fall 2018
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CMA 3.116
(also listed as AMS 321, WGS 324)

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WGS 324 • Criticl Stds Film/Tv Stardm

46895 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CMA 3.116

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WGS 393 • Critical Stds Film/Tv Stardom

47195 • Spring 2017
Meets M 2:00PM-5:00PM CMA 5.130

Interdisciplinary topics relating to Women's and Gender Studies.  Seats restricted to WGS MA and Portfolio students during early registration.  Check cross-listings for home departments and originating field of study.

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
(also listed as WGS 393)

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
(also listed as LAS 322)

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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.

AMS 321 • Race/Class/Gender In Amer Tv

30583 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CMA A3.116

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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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