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The Malleable Latina: The Construction of Hispanic Womanhood in Hollywood

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Eliana Marie Colletti ,

Pace University, US
About Eliana
Eliana Colletti is a recent graduate of Pace University, earning Bachelor's degrees in Film and Screen Studies and Women's and Gender Studies.
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Emily Bent,

Pace University, US
About Emily
Women's & Gender Studies, Assistant Professor
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Pamela Fuentes Peralta

Pace University, US
About Pamela
Women's & Gender Studies, Assistant Professor
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Abstract

This research studies how Latinas have been characterized in Hollywood movies and television in the past twenty years, questioning who is able to portray Hispanic women, who gets to be considered a Hispanic woman in Hollywood, and what productions look for when casting a “Latina” character. Data analysis includes analysis of films with Latinas as the central characters and the roles Hispanic women play in films. I aim to trace how the perception of Latinas has changed over the past twenty years in film and television in order to highlight the lack of diversity in films and television and to turn the spotlight onto the need for the creation of more realistic stories for Hispanic women.

How to Cite: Colletti, E.M., Bent, E. and Peralta, P.F., 2021. The Malleable Latina: The Construction of Hispanic Womanhood in Hollywood. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 13(1), p.None.
Published on 11 Apr 2021.
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