The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo by Lauren H. Derby | 9780822344827 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo

The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo

by Lauren H. Derby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822344823

ISBN-13: 9780822344827

Pub. Date: 07/17/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, who ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961, was one of the longest and bloodiest in Latin American history. The Dictator’s Seduction is a cultural history of the Trujillo regime as it was experienced in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Focusing on everyday forms of state domination,

Overview

The dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, who ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961, was one of the longest and bloodiest in Latin American history. The Dictator’s Seduction is a cultural history of the Trujillo regime as it was experienced in the capital city of Santo Domingo. Focusing on everyday forms of state domination, Lauren Derby describes how the regime infiltrated civil society by fashioning a “vernacular politics” based on popular idioms of masculinity and fantasies of race and class mobility. Derby argues that the most pernicious aspect of the dictatorship was how it appropriated quotidian practices such as gossip and gift exchange, leaving almost no place for Dominicans to hide or resist.

Drawing on previously untapped documents in the Trujillo National Archives and interviews with Dominicans who recall life under the dictator, Derby emphasizes the role that public ritual played in Trujillo’s exercise of power. His regime included the people in affairs of state on a massive scale as never before. Derby pays particular attention to how events and projects were received by the public as she analyzes parades and rallies, the rebuilding of Santo Domingo following a major hurricane, and the staging of a year-long celebration marking the twenty-fifth year of Trujillo’s regime. She looks at representations of Trujillo, exploring how claims that he embodied the popular barrio antihero the tíguere (tiger) stoked a fantasy of upward mobility and how a rumor that he had a personal guardian angel suggested he was uniquely protected from his enemies. The Dictator’s Seduction sheds new light on the cultural contrivances of autocratic power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822344827
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/17/2009
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
692,855
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction. Populism as Vernacular Practice 1

1. The Dominican Belle Époque, 1922 25

2. San Zenón and the Making of Cuidad Trujillo 66

3. The Master of Ceremonies 109

4. Compatriotas! El Jefe Calls 135

5. Clothes Make the Man 173

6. Trujillo's Two Bodies 204

7. Papá Liborio and the Morality of Rule 227

Conclusion. Charisma and the Gift of Recognition 257

Notes 267

Bibliography 353

Index 393

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