Priscilla Peña Ovalle

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Cinema Studies Department Head 
Associate Professor of Cinema Studies

201 McKenzie

Recent Citations – Publications – Professional Work


Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex, and Stardom. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

Articles, Essays, & Chapters

  • "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.

Columns & More


  • ENG 260 "Media Aesthetics"
  • ENG 265 "History of Motion Pictures I" (silent period)
  • ENG 266 "History of Motion Pictures II" (early sound)
  • ENG 381 "Film, Media, and Culture" ENG 485 "Television Studies"
  • ENG 488 "Topics: Race and Representation" (including "Race, Sex, and Stardom" and "Hollywood Dance Films"