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Contents Acknowledgments 1. Melodrama as Ambiguous Signifier: Latin American Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas Part I 2. Seeing Xica and the Melodramatic Unveiling of Colonial Desire 3. Producing the Global West through Latin Tales of Seduction and Envy 4. Karen's Seduction: The Racial Politics of Appropriate Dinner Guests 5. A Mother's Wrath and the Complex Disjuncturing of Class Part II 6. Being Narco: The Evolution of a Continental Sensibility 7. Saintly Figures and Icons: The Migration of a Continental Dream 8. La Reina del Sur: Gender, Racial, and National Contestations of Regional Identity 9. Sex, Drugs, and Cumbia: The Hybrid Nature of Culture 10. Conclusion: The Postcolonial Politics of Melodrama Postscript: Ugly Betty References Index
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Soap operas -- Latin America.
Drugs in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- Latin America.