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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Luis A. Marentes
María Estela Harretche
Film and Media Studies | Latin American History | Latin American Literature
This doctoral dissertation studies Manuel Antín’s Don Segundo Sombra (1969), the cinematographic adaptation of Ricardo Güiraldes celebrated “novela de la tierra” of the same title, in the context of the so called “Revolución Argentina”, the military dictatorship that ruled this country between 1966 and 1973. This investigation seeks to shed light on the political struggle for control of the “gauchesca” literary genre that was taking place at this time in the Argentinean cinematographic field. In a time of rampant nationalism, the different political actors that were vying for political power saw in the “gaucho”, who by then had come to be a symbol of individual freedom and an archetype of Argentinian identity, a vehicle for legitimizing/authorizing their respective ideological discourses and political agendas. In this regard, the study concludes that Antin’s film was instrumental to the empowerment of Juan Carlos Onganía’s de facto government. Key to this political co-opting of Güiraldes text is the film’s conspicuous celebration of Don Segundo Sombra and Fabio Cáceres’ friendship (herdsman and landowner, respectively), which sought to undermine discourses of class struggle advanced, among others, by the Peronist Movement, the so called “Izquierda Nacional”, and the different revolutionary parties and guerrilla groups informed by Marxist and communist doctrines.
Garcia-Olano, Ramiro, ""AL GAUCHO QUE LLEVO EN MÍ, SACRAMENTE, COMO LA CUSTODIA LLEVA LA HOSTIA”: IDEOLOGÍA POLÍTICA Y LITERATURA GAUCHESCA EN EL CONTEXTO CINEMATOGRÁFICO DE LA REVOLUCIÓN ARGENTINA" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations. 1168.