Dakota DeBaets Franklin College
Faculty Sponsor(s): Jarrod Brown Franklin CollegeLouis Rafael Sánchez’s La guaracha del macho camacho explores the repercussions of the sociopolitical aspects that affect the island. Puerto Rico’s first infamous encounter was in 1493 when Columbus made his second voyage to the New World. The Taino, the natives of the land, welcomed him; however, Puerto Rico’s government turned into a political game for centuries. On April 25, 1898, the United States of America invaded and claimed the island from Spain. The American colonization of Puerto Rico curbed any aspirations for autonomy and the rapid occupation affected all aspects of Puerto Rican society. As one of the most representative works of the “postboom” age, Luis Rafael Sánchez’s La guaracha del macho camacho experiments with multiple points of view and juxtapositions from temporal planes. Sánchez utilizes multiple characters to produce a sense of distinct spaces and voices but connects them through a continuous narration that takes place in a traffic jam at 5 o’clock on a Wednesday. Senator Vicente Reinosa, a career politician and womanizer, engages in tumultuous relationships with his family and his lovers. Stuck, he reflects upon his life thus far, while the beat of “la guaracha” replays in the background. These reflections allow for an exploration in the formation of the subject of the senator. Thus, the senator as a subject depends on the interpellation of the government and, at the same time, anticipates the return to the law due to a previous fault. The presentation will be presented in Spanish.
Modern Languages, Cultures, & Literatures
When & Where
Jordan Hall 242