Date

2011

Faculty Advisor

Dr. John Rector

Abstract

This paper examines the use of the gaucho as a symbol of national identity in the works of four early twentieth-century Argentine intellectuals—Ricardo Güiraldes, Luis Bayón Herrera, Ezequiel Martínez Estrada, and Alberto Ginastera—arguing that contradictions were inherent in their representations of the gaucho. These contradictions include presenting a picture of the gaucho which conflicts with history, differing interpretations of the gauchos‟ role in the moral life of the nation, and diverging visions of the role of European influence and modernization in Argentine society.

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Paper

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