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By Dalia Wassner

In Harbinger of Modernity: Marcos Aguinis and the Democratization of Argentina, Dalia Wassner offers an built-in research of the civic paintings and literary oeuvre of Marcos Aguinis, who served as Secretary of tradition in the course of Argentina s transition from dictatorship to democracy. Situating his writings of their old and highbrow context, Wassner explores Aguinis s engagement with the dialectic of modernization as a Jewish public highbrow both devoted to fostering Argentine democracy and to inscribing himself within the annals of westernization. Encompassing highbrow historical past, literary feedback, Latin American heritage, and Jewish reports, Wassner s paintings illuminates the intersecting roles of Jews and public intellectuals in bringing democracy to post-dictatorship Argentina."

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Aguinis. net. This website offers Spanish and English versions of his works, so as to be accessible to local as well as international audiences. 146 Though Aguinis did accept visiting professorships abroad, these were always temporary posts accepted with the intention to return, and did not include the years of the military dictatorship, through which Aguinis remained in Argentina. the argentine public intellectual 37 authoritarianism that scorched Argentina. ”147 Tyrannical conditions in his own lifetime led Aguinis to use certain historical periods, such as the Inquisition in America, not only as ellipses, but actually as historical parallels to moments of totalitarianism within his own milieu.

149 While claiming interest in the aesthetics of literature, Aguinis’s professed agenda is to promote a forum for democratic participation. The themes of conflict, struggle, and demystification of rule and truth are admittedly engaged in order to empower the individual, and by extension, the public of Argentina. Granting Aguinis the effective communication of his agenda, David Foster, scholar of Latin America, observes: Desde un principio, la tarea literaria e intelectual de Aguinis ha sido poner en evidencia semejantes estructuras ideológicas, siendo el caso la ignorancia sobre su existencia y cómo funcionan es lo que más permite que circulen libremente como un grado cero incuestionable de la vida nacional.

Contorno was a politically and literarily revolutionary magazine for the time. See “Entrevista de Fabián Beremblum,” Revista Lote No. 49. 32 chapter one writings center on class conflict and cultural repression by totalitarian regimes, and his most popular essays are Literatura argentina y realidad política, de Sarmiento a Cortázar (1970), Indios, ejército y fronteras (1982), and Anarquistas en América latina (1984). 127 In his work Literatura argentina y realidad política, Viñas stated explicitly that Argentine literature is the history of the national will:128 La literatura y la cultura argentina en su última y más profunda instancia es asunto político.

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