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Jacqueline Avila: Cinesonidos: Film Music and Identity in Mexican Cinema (1896-1952)


Date:  Thursday, July 7, 2016

Presenter:   Dr. Jacqueline Avila is an Assistant Professor in Musicology at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on film music and sound practice from the silent period to present and the intersections of identity, tradition, and modernity in the Hollywood and Mexican film industries. Dr. Avila was the recipient of the UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant, the American Musicological Society’s Howard Mayer Brown Fellowship, and the UC MEXUS Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2015). Her publications can be found in the Journal of Film Music, Iconic Mexico, and Latin American Music Review. She is currently writing her book manuscript, which is an examination of the function and cultural representation of music in the Mexican film industry.

Description:   In this talk, Dr. Avila, a Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar, discusses her current research on Mexican film music during the first half of the twentieth century. This is an interdisciplinary project that examines the function of music in the prominent film genres developed during Mexico’s silent (1896–1930) and early sound period (1931–1952). Looking at several examples of popular, regional, and orchestral music in select films, Dr. Avila examines how music contributed to creating and accentuating cinematic tropes and archetypes considered central to Mexican cultural nationalism.

groups, such as the local authorities and missionaries, to the environment.

The Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar program is funded by a generous gift to the Latin American and Iberian Institute from Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf.

Image: Index image is an excerpt of the movie poster for Hoy, no. 373 (15 April 1944).

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