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Anti-Haitian Rhetoric and the Monumentalizing of Violence in Joaquin Balaguer's Guía emocional de la ciudad romántica
Hispanic Review (2013)
  • Medar Serrata
Abstract

This essay compares four editions of the book Guía emocional de la ciudad romántica, by the Dominican author and politician Joaquin Balaguer. The book, a celebration of Santo Domingo’s monumental architecture, evokes the topos of the romantic poet who strolls down the streets of an ancient city admiring the remnants of the past. A closer examination, however, reveals a text deeply invested in the monumentalizing of violence—a text that portrays the dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo as the savior of the nation. Moreover, the metaphorical stroll that the reader is invited to take reenacts the movement of history in order to justify the 1937 massacre of thousands of Haitians living in Dominican territory.

Keywords
  • Balaguer,
  • Trujillo,
  • Haiti,
  • Massacre,
  • Santo Domingo,
  • Dominican Literature
Publication Date
Summer 2013
Citation Information
Medar Serrata. "Anti-Haitian Rhetoric and the Monumentalizing of Violence in Joaquin Balaguer's Guía emocional de la ciudad romántica" Hispanic Review Vol. 81 Iss. 3 (2013)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/medar_serrata/6/