The Miamization of Radionovelas: Cuban-American Serials of the 1960s

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
The Latin American Library
7001 Freret St. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th Floor New Orleans, LA 70118
Dr. Daniel Party
The Miamization of Radionovelas: Cuban-American Serials of the 1960s 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 3:30pm
The Latin American Library
LAL Seminar Room
4th floor Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
The talk will be in English
Refreshments to follow
Abstract: Before the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the island was the most influential producer of radionovelas in Latin America. In the early 1960s, a large number of radionovela playwrights, actors and technicians migrated to Miami. There, they began an ambitious project to produce radionovelas for distribution and consumption throughout the Americas and Spain. Key in this effort was a strategy to develop content that would be devoid of references to Cuba and delivered in a neutral accent they called “Continental Spanish.” 
Through an analysis of the Louis J. Boeri and Minín Bujones Collection of Cuban Radionovelas (1963-1970) at Tulane’s Latin American Library, this presentation argues that Miami radionovelas can shed light on the use of mass media as anti-Communist propaganda in Latin America, the development of Spanish-language media in the United States, and the establishment of Miami as a key production center for Latino/a popular culture.
Daniel Party is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Studies and Research for the School of Arts at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has been a visiting professor at Brown University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Georgia.  He received his Ph.D. in Music History from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (Classical Guitar) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  His research focuses on Latin American, U.S. Latino and Spanish popular music, and the intersection of music, gender, and sexuality.
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