Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Structural Violence, Masculinities and the Hunting Motif in Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's Memorias del subdesarrollo (1968)

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2010), 87, (6), 705–723.

Abstract

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) is the masterpiece of the Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. It concerns the seduction of a teenage girl, Elena, by a 38-year-old man, Sergio. Sergio is a bourgeois intellectual trying to make sense of the changes in his life, and that of the country, following the self-exile of his family after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961. With reference to the theories of R. W. Connell, Johan Galtung and Antonio Gramsci this article proposes an interpretation of Sergio which is more nuanced and less negative in comparison with previous critical analyses on the same subject.

Memorias del subdesarrollo (1968) es la obra maestra del director cubano Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Trata de la seducción de una adolescente, Elena, por un hombre de 38 años, Sergio. Sergio es un intelectual burgués que trata de comprender los cambios en su vida, y en la del país, a raíz del auto-exilio de su familia después de la invasión fallida de Playa Girón en 1961. Con referencias teóricas a R. W. Connell, Johan Galtung y Antonio Gramsci, este artículo propone una interpretación de Sergio más matizada y menos negativa en comparación con análisis críticos anteriores sobre el tema.

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