Title

How is latina motherhood represented in Jane the Virgin?

Presenter Information

Maci MurrayFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Spanish, Organizational Communication

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Dr. Tanya Romero-Gonzalez

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Jane the Virgin is a parody of the classic telenovela. This television series will be used to shed light on the representation of latina mothers in the household. It examines the representation through generational and role differences because the main character, Jane Villanueva, lives in a household of three-generations of latina mothers (Jane, her mother Xiomara and grandmother Alba). Jane the Virgin also explores the intersection of citizenship, culture, and language in relation to motherhood throughout the series. This research offers a different look and analysis of what a traditional telenovela is and how other series may spin off of that, creating parodies or comedies that still contain elements of the traditional latino soap operas. There is character analysis and research into why the series what developed the way it was by use of a narrator. Additionally, the character analysis details which stereotypical roles or duties each of the three women portray through their character. Although it is a parody, Jane the Virgin gives us a realistic representation of what it is like to be a latina mother in the United States today.

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How is latina motherhood represented in Jane the Virgin?

Jane the Virgin is a parody of the classic telenovela. This television series will be used to shed light on the representation of latina mothers in the household. It examines the representation through generational and role differences because the main character, Jane Villanueva, lives in a household of three-generations of latina mothers (Jane, her mother Xiomara and grandmother Alba). Jane the Virgin also explores the intersection of citizenship, culture, and language in relation to motherhood throughout the series. This research offers a different look and analysis of what a traditional telenovela is and how other series may spin off of that, creating parodies or comedies that still contain elements of the traditional latino soap operas. There is character analysis and research into why the series what developed the way it was by use of a narrator. Additionally, the character analysis details which stereotypical roles or duties each of the three women portray through their character. Although it is a parody, Jane the Virgin gives us a realistic representation of what it is like to be a latina mother in the United States today.