Title

Hispanic Stereotypes in Contemporary Film

Subject Area

Film and Literary Studies

Abstract

Stereotypes are present even in the most popular films. Groups of people are often misrepresented in a way that is entertaining, but not necessarily truthful, causing viewers to have a very narrow, often incorrect, view of a particular culture or people. This research serves as an analysis of selected contemporary American films that feature a Hispanic character or cultural element. My aim is twofold: first, to shed light on the stereotypes surrounding Hispanics and the excessive appearance of these stereotypical representations in popular US films, and second, to promote open-mindedness by educating others on the cultural diversity of Spanish speakers, especially those groups that are present in the United States.

Brief Bio Note

Emily Pressler is a senior Spanish and French major at Georgia Southern University. She will be graduating in May with Honors and has conducted this research to satisfy the final requirements set forth by the Honors Program. She hopes to obtain a Master's degree in teaching Spanish after graduation.

Keywords

Stereotypes, Hispanics, Latinos, film, discrimination, perceptions

Location

Afternoon Session 2 (PARB 227)

Presentation Year

April 2019

Start Date

4-11-2019 4:25 PM

Embargo

3-4-2019

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Apr 11th, 4:25 PM

Hispanic Stereotypes in Contemporary Film

Afternoon Session 2 (PARB 227)

Stereotypes are present even in the most popular films. Groups of people are often misrepresented in a way that is entertaining, but not necessarily truthful, causing viewers to have a very narrow, often incorrect, view of a particular culture or people. This research serves as an analysis of selected contemporary American films that feature a Hispanic character or cultural element. My aim is twofold: first, to shed light on the stereotypes surrounding Hispanics and the excessive appearance of these stereotypical representations in popular US films, and second, to promote open-mindedness by educating others on the cultural diversity of Spanish speakers, especially those groups that are present in the United States.