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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Global Popular Culture: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

A guide to popular culture materials and scholarship from around the world.

Search Terms

Narrow your subject searches by country and/or language for the most accurate results. In addition, try these broad subject terms to append to your search terms (e.g., Popular Culture -- Latin America).

  • Central America
  • South America
  • Latin America
  • Caribbean
  • Andes region

General Resources

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Preview: Aquí y Allá (Here and There), 2012

In this award-winning Mexican Film, Pedro returns to his remote Mexican village after 2 years of working in the U.S. and works to reconnect with his family. Watch the trailer below and stream the full film on Kanopy.

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Streaming Video:

Latin American Film in Champaign-Urbana:

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies hosts an annual Latin American Film Festival in the fall at the Art Theatre in downtown Champaign. Visit the CLACS site for the 2017 program and information about future festivals.

Books in the Library:

The University of Illinois has an extensive collection of material on sport in Latin America and the Caribbean, comprising nearly 4,000 volumes--the only collection of its kind in the United States. Explore some of the highlights below, and visit the Research Guide to Latin American and Caribbean Sport for more information about the Library collections and tips to get you started on your research.

Latin American Sport Magazines:

The University of Illinois is home to a significant collection of Latin American sport magazines from the 20th century, many of which can only be found at Illinois:

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Books and Journals:

Cover image for the Colombian comic MohánThe best way to find international comics in the library is to do a subject search for "comic books, strips, etc" or "graphic novels" and then use the links on the right side of the page to filter by region and/or language. You can also try adding one of the broader geographical terms at the left (e.g., "graphic novels -- Latin America").

The library collection includes over 200 Spanish-language graphic novels, and titles from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua.

For information and updates about the Latin American comics scene, check out los Cómics, a weekly, (mostly) Spanish-language feature on the Pittsburgh-based site Comics Workbook. Comics Workbook also has features on comics in Brazil and Colombia (both in English).

The 68 Voces project of the Mexican government aims to preserve and promote pride in Mexico's indigenous languages by producing short animated films highlighting poetry and oral traditions. Watch one of the short films below, learn more at the 68 Voces site (in Spanish) or read about it in English at Remezcla. The article linked below gives an overview of indigenous film making in Latin America.


Latin American soap operas, or telenovelas, have gained wide international popularity. Search for information about telenovelas in the library catalog with a subject search for "television soap operas" or a keyword search for "telenovelas." The resources below will get you started.

Watch online:

Brazilian Telenovela Collection

The Library has a collection of 25 Brazilian telenovelas on DVD, mainly in Portuguese without subtitles, but some also have English, Spanish, or Portuguese subtitles. You access a list of the telenovelas with call numbers and descriptions here.

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