Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

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Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 14


November 29th, 2016

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Over the last decade Spain and Mexico have both produced an extraordinary wealth of television drama. Drawing on both national practices of production and reception and international theories of textual analysis this book offers the first study of contemporary quality TV drama in two countries where television has displaced cinema as the creative medium that shapes the national narrative. As dramatized societies, Spain and Mexico are thus at once reflected and refracted by the new series on the small screen.


‘A groundbreaking contribution to Hispanic cultural and media studies. Highly readable and well structured, the volume is a unique comparative transnational study of the two principal Spanish-language television markets/industries/cultures. Such comparative scholarship requires expertise on many levels in the two media cultures as well as a grasp of conceptual and theoretic underpinnings of mass media in the context of cultural studies, all of which Smith has in abundance and he uses his knowledge to provide a richly detailed and stimulating reading.’
Professor Marvin D'Lugo, Clark University

'Dramatized Societies is an extremely valuable contribution to cultural studies. The balanced combination of introductory critical discourses on relevant issues and close readings of individual works offers a very useful and fertile grounding for seminars and classes on contemporary Spanish and Latin-American television.'
Mario Santana, Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies

‘Clear, yet erudite and peppered with witty asides, this book is as informative as it is pleasurable … This book works on multiple levels. Not only does it shed light upon little-known quality TV series, but on a meta-critical level, it is a model for successfully approaching the challenges of television studies.’
Olivia Cosentino, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos

Author Information

Paul Julian Smith FBA is Distinguished Professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Program at the Graduate Center in City University of New York, and was formerly Professor of Spanish at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Spanish Screen Fiction: Between Cinema and Television (LUP, 2009) among many other books.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
List of Figures7
Introduction: Cold Opens11
Chapter One23
Chapter Two40
Chapter Three67
Chapter Four91
Chapter Five125
Chapter Six152
Chapter Seven173
Chapter Eight199
Conclusion: Love Bites227