Academic journal article Afro - Hispanic Review

Identidades Secretas: La Negitud Argentina

Academic journal article Afro - Hispanic Review

Identidades Secretas: La Negitud Argentina

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Alejandro Solomianski. Identidades secretas: La negitud argentina. Rosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo Editera. Serie estudios culturales. 2003. 287pp.

The author is a native Argentine who was educated in the United States (Ph. D. University of Pittsburgh) and continues to teach both in the United States and in Argentina. He currently teaches at California State University Los Angeles and serves as part of their Latin American Studies program. The title of the book perhaps should be "identidades ocultas" because as suggested by Julio Mafud most old-line Argentine creole families can not claim racial purity and often hide their mixed Black and Indian heritage under claims of noble Spanish heritage (capa y espada). This theme of racial purity, or lack thereof, prompted many old-line families in the nineteenth century to support massive European immigration as a means of providing their daughters with White marriage partners. Even as late as the 1960s, Jorge Luis Borges suggested that the true ancestry of many of the elite families were hidden as well.

The intent of the author is well present at the onset of the book where he states clearly that:

Este es un libro acerca de la identidad argentina y su profunda conexion con la afroargentinidad. El presupuesto basico es que mas alla de los relates, encubrimientos y rodes acerca de lo que seria la "argentinidad," hay de hecho, una identidad nacional de la cual todos esos discursos son solo una parte. …

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