Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis explores the relationship between English-Spanish bilingual practices and Latino identity in three television series: ¿Que Pasa, U.S.A? (1977-1980), Mia Mundo (2012-2014), and Jane the Virgin (2014-Present). Making use of Bhatt and Bolonyai’s (2010) model of codeswitching and Barth’s Boundary Theory (1969), I analyze the strategic uses of language depicted on each show and the broader linguistic and cultural imaginaries they mobilize. I set these media texts in relation to historically-bound structures of power (both material and ideological) that delimit Latinos’ possibilities for self-definition. Ultimately, I seek to investigate the way in which these shows utilize linguistic practices that have been traditionally outside the realm of dominant constructions of ethnic authenticity and American citizenship.
Velasquez, Camila, "The Language(s) of Latinidad: Scripting Ethnic Identity in in ¿Que Pasa, U.S.A?, Mia Mundo, and Jane the Virgin" (2016). Honors Theses. 168.