News and Novela in Brazilian Media

News and Novela in Brazilian Media : Fact, Fiction, and National Identity

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Citizens everywhere are turning to multiple news sources to inform their daily decisions. In Brazil, an emerging global power and democracy, those sources include the ever-popular telenovelas and, on a rising basis, newspapers. News and Novela in Brazilian Media: Fact, Fiction, and National Identity examines how news issues help frame telenovela plots, comparing key issues across Brazilian media to highlight differing levels of progression associated with press freedom. Scrutiny of concurrent print news stories, print news photos, and telenovela scenes indicate that when a hit telenovela is compared to news, the novela becomes a more progressive storyteller. At least, race, class, gender, and religious news issues seem more progressive: An Afro-Brazilian wins a local election; a favela or shantytown is idealized; a less popular African religion is heralded while Protestantism is marginalized and Catholicism continues as the right religion; and women achieving power leads to a more egalitarian society. In a diversifying media environment, where lines between fact and fiction are increasingly blurred, Brazilian alternative news studies are critical measures of Brazil's state of media opening that inform national identity more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 2 Graphs; 7 Tables, unspecified
  • 0739189786
  • 9780739189788

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Essential reading for Brazilianists--and even for laymen--who seek to revisit the relationship of the Brazilian media with soap operas, as well as a new look at the perspectives offered, related with national identity. Luso-Brazilian Review Both news and telenovelas are considered central to a nation's ongoing self-definition and the construction of imagined community. Dr. Rosas-Moreno has innovated in both her conceptual framework and her methods to compare news and novelas in how they construct images that are central to the media representation of daily life and national identity across Latin America. Her work is of great importance to those studying news, melodrama in all its forms, racial and gender issues, discourses about poverty, and portrayals of the hybridity of cultures, particularly in religion. -- Joseph Straubhaar, University of Texas at Austin Rosas-Moreno's detailed analysis of the intersection of news and fictional telenovela narratives substantially expands our understanding of the complex ways Brazilian media-through intertextual relations-co-produce and frame national discourse. This book presents an important contribution to the under-studied, but very influential Brazilian media industrial complex. -- Antonio C. La Pastina, Texas A&M University In a solid and vast case study, Rosas-Moreno breaks new ground in situating the role of telenovelas as a prime storyteller in Brazilian society. Telenovelas take on contemporary topics of class, religion, and race, offering a forum where popular culture, public debate, and democratic opening converge in surprising ways. This book adds an important new dimension to telenovela studies. -- Thomas Tufte, Roskilde Universityshow more

About Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno

Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Loyola University more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Dynamics of Fact and Fiction and a Rising Power Chapter 2: News and Novela Media in Brazil Chapter 3: The Media and the Approach Chapter 4: Race and Class Representations as Indicators of Brazilian Media Opening Chapter 5: Media Marginalizations of Peoples and Places Chapter 6: Versions of Syncretism: Candomble, Catholicism and Expressions of Belief Chapter 7: Female Leaders' Portrayals among Brazilian Media Chapter 8: Conclusion: News and Novela as a Forecast for Brazilian Media Opening?show more