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Marqués, René (1919–1979) By Stevens, Camilla

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1592-1
Published: 02/05/2017
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During his lifetime, René Marqués was Puerto Rico’s most renowned literary figure. His oeuvre, which includes plays, short stories, essays, film scripts, poetry, and a novel, shows deep concern with the destiny of Puerto Rico and its colonial relationship with the United States. Marqués’s cultural conservatism—reflected in his nostalgia for a paternalist and agrarian past—has been rejected by subsequent generations of intellectuals. However, from the 1950s to the 1970s, his role as a provocateur in politics and the arts solidified the status of the writer as a social critic and professional in Puerto Rico. At the same time, his constant experimentation with literary techniques established him as the exemplary modernist writer of his generation.

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Stevens, Camilla. "Marqués, René (1919–1979)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 27 Apr. 2018 https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/marques-rene-1919-1979. doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1592-1

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