God and Trujillo: Literary and Cultural Representations of the Dominican Dictator

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Juni 2005



Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961, is still heavily mythologized among Dominicans to this day. "God and Trujillo, the first book length study of works about the Dominican dictator, seeks to explain how some of those myths were created by analyzing novels and testimonials about Trujillo from Dominican writers to canonical Latin American authors, including Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia MC!rquez. Trujillo'd quasi-mythological figure created a compelling corpus of literary works. Ignacio LC3-Cccalvo's study offers a vigorous analysis of 36 narrative texts. He analyzes the representation of the dictator as a mythological figure, his legacy, the role of his doubles, his favorite courtiers and acolytes, and the role of women during the so-called Era of Trujillo. He also traces the evolution and significance of these narratives from a theoretical perspective that falls within the cultural studies framework. The study of the Dominican "testimonio and the unveiling of the Taino myth in the "Trujillatonarratives" are particularly innovative. In addition, he describes class antagonism and the demythification of the leftists militant in the Trujillato narratives. He also offers an illuminating account of the Dominican left and of the anti-Trujillo resistance as contained in Dominican literature.


Ignacio Lopez-Calvo is associate professor of Spanish at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the author of Written in Exile: Chilean Fiction from 1973-Present and Religion y militarismo en la obra de Marcos Aguinis, 1963-2000.

EAN: 9780813028231
ISBN: 081302823X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2005
Seitenanzahl: 196 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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