Kimberly Andrade Franklin College
Faculty Sponsor(s): Jarrod Brown Franklin CollegePuerto Rico’s relationship with the United States dates back over a century. The United States implemented various laws during the first half of the twentieth century to maintain control of Puerto Rico. La Guaracha del Macho Camacho, by Luis Rafael Sánchez, focuses on the lives of people from the upper and lower classes in Puerto Rico. The character of Graciela Alcántara y López de Montefrío, who is part of the upper class, is in the waiting room of a psychiatrist’s office throughout the novel. Though Sánchez does not explicitly state the reason for her visit in the novel, the current paper argues that Graciela is seeing a psychiatrist due to the guilt she acquired from her formation as a subject. Using the theories of ideological state apparatuses by Louis Althusser and subjection by Judith Butler, this paper analyzes Graciela’s formation as a subject due to the influence of the ideological state apparatuses of religion, family, and mental health.
This presentation will be delivered in Spanish.
Modern Languages, Cultures, & Literatures
When & Where
Jordan Hall 242