Advertisement

Of Ideological Continuums and Sentimental Memories: Enriquillo Sánchez’s Musiquito: Anales de un déspota y de un bolerista

  • Danny MéndezEmail author
Chapter
  • 123 Downloads
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)

Abstract

Méndez analyzes Musiquito: Anales de un déspota y de un bolerista [Musiquito: Annals of a Despot and a Bolero Writer] by Enriquillo Sánchez. He examines how Sánchez incorporates a postmodern parodic subtext that is inspired by other works of fiction such as Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “Funes el memorioso” to construct his main character, Porfirio Funess. This intertextuality—along with the reference to a key historical figure in the political sphere of Latin America, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo—is central to the characterization of Funess, and subtly illustrates a key idea: an ideological continuum that is expressed through a postmodern decentering of memory, truth, and history. Funess embodies the reality of a succession of political regimes in the Dominican Republic with similar despotic ideology.

Works Cited

  1. Benítez-Rojo, Antonio. The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Post-modern Perspective. Translated by James E. Maraniss. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997. Print.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Borges, Jorge Luis. Narraciones. Edited by Marcos Ricardo Barnatán. Madrid: Ediciones Cátedra, 2008. Print.Google Scholar
  3. Calder, Bruce J. The Impact of Intervention: The Dominican Republic During the U.S. Occupation of 1916–1924. Princeton: Markus Weiner Publishers, 2006. Print.Google Scholar
  4. De Maeseneer, Rita. “Denzil Romero, Enriquillo Sánchez y Zoé Valdés a ritmo de bolero.” Iberoamericana 5 (1992): 37–53. Print.Google Scholar
  5. Horn, Maja. Masculinity After Trujillo: The Politics of Gender in Dominican Literature. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014. Print.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Hutcheon, Linda. The Politics of Postmodernism. New York: Routledge, 1989. Print.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Manzari, H.J. “Violence and the Seduction of History in Musiquito: Anales de un déspota y su bolerista.” Ciberletras 14 (2006). http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/ciberletras/v14/manzari.htm. Web.
  8. Méndez, Danny. Narratives of Migration and Displacement in Dominican Literature. New York: Routledge, 2012. Print.Google Scholar
  9. Ortega, Julio, Gustavo Pellón, and Martín Gaspar. Nueva Antología de la literatura de las Américas. Boston: Vista, 2014. Print.Google Scholar
  10. Pacini Hernández, Deborah. Bachata. A Social History of a Dominican Popular Music. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995. Print.Google Scholar
  11. Sánchez, Enriquillo. Musiquito: Anales de un déspota y de un bolerista. Santo Domingo: Editora Taller, 1993. Print.Google Scholar
  12. Simonovis, Leonora. “Musiquito: La historia de un dictador y su bolerista.” Caribe 9 (2007): 51–68. Print.Google Scholar
  13. Thomas, Calvin. Masculinity, Psychoanalysis, Straight Queer Theory: Essays on Abjection in Literature, Mass Culture, and Film. New York: Palgrave, 2008. Print.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. New York: Beacon Press, 2015. Print.Google Scholar
  15. Williams, Raymond. Marxism and Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977. Print.Google Scholar
  16. Zavala, Iris. El bolero. Historia de un amor. Madrid: Celeste Ediciones, 2000. Print.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Romance and Classical StudiesMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

Personalised recommendations