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Kerry Hegarty receives South Atlantic Review Essay Prize

10/12/2012

Kerry Hegarty, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Kerry Hegarty, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Kerry Hegarty, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Miami University, has received a South Atlantic Review Essay Prize for her essay "From Chinas Poblanas to Silk Stockings: The Symbology of the Female Archetype in the Mexican Ranchera Film."

Hegarty’s article was published in volume 74 of South Atlantic Review in 2009. It traces the sociocultural development of the ranchera (or “singing cowboy”) genre of Mexican film from the 1930s through the 1950s.

“(My article) specifically looks at the representation of the female archetype (the ‘pure,’ ‘uncorrupted’ fiancée of the charro, or cowboy)…Though work has been done on the symbolic importance of the charro, and the centrality of machismo to the ideology of the Revolution, my article argues that the symbolism of the female figure has just as much cultural import, if not more,” Hegarty said.

Hegarty will accept her award from the South Atlantic Review Essay Prize Committee at the 2012 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference Nov. 9-10 in Durham, N.C.

She is currently working on a book project, Mexican Film Genres: A Critical Study. The project addresses the ideological function of gender constructs in Mexican film and the influence of Hollywood in the formation of Mexican film genres.

Hegarty’s research focuses on Latin American film, theatre, literature and culture. She teaches courses at Miami in Spanish and film studies and has lived, worked or studied in Spain, France, Germany, Mexico and Argentina.

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