Crisis TV

Hispanic Television Narratives after 2008

Expected to ship: 2024-11-01

Wide-ranging, in-depth analysis of Spanish-language television fiction after the 2008 global financial crisis.


Crisis TV addresses the motif of crisis that has come to dominate contemporary Hispanic televisual production since 2008 and the onset of the global financial crisis. In almost unprecedented fashion, the global economy came to a standstill, reshaping both geopolitical organizations and, more importantly, the lives of billions across the globe. The Great Recession, sociopolitical instabilities, the rise of extremist political parties and governments, and a worldwide pandemic have resulted in a mode of crisis that pervades contemporary television fiction. 2008 also marks a revolution in television, as local and global streaming services began to gain market share and even overtake traditional over-the-air transmission. The essays in Crisis TV identify and analyze the narrative tropes and aesthetic qualities of Hispanic television post-2008 to understand how different regions and genres have negotiated these intersecting crises and changing dynamics in production, dissemination, and consumption.

María del Carmen Caña Jiménez is Associate Professor of Spanish at Virginia Tech. She is the coeditor of Horacio Castellanos Moya: El diablo en el espejo (with Vinodh Venkatesh). Vinodh Venkatesh is Professor of Spanish at Virginia Tech. He is the author of Capitán Latinoamérica: Superheroes in Cinema, Television, and Web Series, also published by SUNY Press. and New Maricón Cinema: Outing Latin American Film.


"A groundbreaking study of new tendencies in television from Spain and Latin America. Innovative and timely, Crisis TV makes an important contribution to Hispanic cultural studies, taking the disjunction of the financial crisis as a framing device to theorize the production and reception of Hispanic TV in a multinational context." — Ana Corbalán, University of Alabama

"Featuring distinguished contributors from both sides of the Atlantic, Crisis TV ranges across multiple and far-flung territories which are rarely considered side by side: Spain and Chile, Brazil and Argentina, Central America and Mexico. One does not need to be familiar with the primary texts analyzed in these chapters to be fascinated by their exposition." — from the foreword by Paul Julian Smith