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Caribbean Studies 2011, 39 (1-2)

Autor: Fernando Valerio-Holguín



Caribbean Studies ISSN: 0008-6533 Instituto de Estudios del Caribe Puerto Rico Valerio-Holguín, Fernando Pedro Henríquez Ureña: utopía del silencio Caribbean Studies, vol.
39, núm.
1-2, enero-diciembre, 2011, pp.
195-221 Instituto de Estudios del Caribe San Juan, Puerto Rico Disponible en: Cómo citar el artículo Número completo Más información del artículo Página de la revista en Sistema de Información Científica Red de Revistas Científicas de América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal Proyecto académico sin fines de lucro, desarrollado bajo la iniciativa de acceso abierto Pedro Henríquez Ureña: Utopía del silencio 195 Pedro Henríquez Ureña: utopía del silencio Fernando Valerio-Holguín Abstract In this essay I will examine how the prestigious Dominican intellectual Pedro Henríquez Ureña developed in his most important essays a writing strategy of “silencing” the indigenous and afro cultures, as a way to litigate with his condition as a postcolonial intellectual mulatto.
The study of these silences clearly reveals how through the interstices of his writings, a classist, racist and patriarchal ideology lies underneath.
The silencing or negation of some aspects of the Latin-American popular culture, will direct Henríquez Ureña in an Hispanophile path, since it is not only pride but admiration what he will show for the conquest and colonization of the American continent by the Spanish Empire. His opinions about colonial Santo Domingo depict a nostalgic mode through which he attempts to link his linage with the raising of the Dominican nation, and vicariously through Spain, the country from which he was awaiting recognition.
As a postcolonial mulatto intellectual, Henríquez Ureña had to fight both with the anxiety for recognition by the hegemonic “Other,” and the racial indetermination of his mulatto reality.
It is my thesis that these facts will...

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