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Masculinity after TrujilloThe Politics of Gender in Dominican Literature$
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Maja Horn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049304

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049304.001.0001

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One Phallus for Another

One Phallus for Another

Post-dictatorship Political and Literary Canons

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Masculinity after Trujillo

Maja Horn

University Press of Florida

Although post-dictatorship Dominican intellectuals and writers have functioned as important critical voices in the Dominican public sphere, this chapter argues that some of the most revered figures, including Marcio Veloz Maggiolo, the foremost living Dominican novelist, problematically reproduce the dictatorship’s notions of masculinity. This is particularly troublesome insofar as their writings constitute a key archive of the authoritarian past and its aftermath, given that there is a remarkable absence of official venues for remembering and accounting for the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic (i.e. the museums, memorial sites, or “truth commissions” that proliferate in other Latin American post-dictatorship societies).

Keywords:   Marcio Veloz Maggiolo, Dominican literature, Dominican intellectuals, Dictatorship novel, Masculinity, Post-dictatorship

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