Priscilla Peña Ovalle

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Associate Director, Cinema Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-0060
  • Office: 266 PLC
  • Office Hours: T 2:00-4:00 spring term
  • Affiliated Departments: Cinema Studies Program, Ethnic Studies
  • Interests: media studies, race/ethnicity, dance, mainstream popular culture, media hairstyles, and more...
  • Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, and Stardom. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2011. | "Synesthetic Sabor: Translation and Popular Knowledge in 'American Sabor' (Exhibit Review)." American Quarterly 61.4 (2009): 979-996. | "Urban Sensualidad: Jennifer Lopez, Flashdance and the MTV Hip-Hop Re-Generation." Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 18.3 (2008): 253-268. | "Framing Jennifer Lopez: Mobilizing Race from the Wide Shot to the Close-Up."  The Persistence of Whiteness: Race and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema. Ed. Daniel Bernardi. London & New York: Routledge, 2007. 215-44. | "Pocho.Com: Re-Imaging Television on the Internet." Television after TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition. Eds. Lynn Spigel and Jan Olsson. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. 324-41.

Statement

My interests include film and media studies--particularly the representation of race, dance and sexuality in film, archival research and media production.

Publications

Book cover for "Dance and the Hollywood Latina"

Dance and the Hollywood Latina asks why every Latina star in Hollywood history, from Dolores Del Rio in the 1920s to Jennifer Lopez in the 2000s, began as a dancer or danced onscreen. While cinematic depictions of women and minorities have seemingly improved, a century of representing brown women as natural dancers has popularized the notion that Latinas are inherently passionate and... Read more