The figure of the black soldier in La revolución es un sueño eterno by Andrés Rivera
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Keywords

Black soldiers; Rivera; Segundo Reyes; Castelli; argentine negritude Soldados negros, Andrés Rivera, negritud argentina

How to Cite

Mbaye, . D. (2020). The figure of the black soldier in La revolución es un sueño eterno by Andrés Rivera. Resistances. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 1(1), 99-108. https://doi.org/10.46652/resistances.v1i1.6

Abstract

The negation of the Afro-descendant contribution has been one of the constants in the history of Argentina. The symbolic participation of slaves in the struggles of the country has been often ignored by white and Europeanist history which represents the black as a secondary subject, a representation in the subalternity which also characterized the literature. But with the rise of the historical novel at the end of the 20th century, a new vision of the role and the image of the Afro-descendant was born, where the latter acquired a fundamental place in the country. This is what Andres Rivera proposes in his novel entitled La revolución es un sueño eterno, that we have in this work through parts: a reminder of the participation of black slaves in the struggles for emancipation, the approach from the trenches, the character of the black captain Segundo Reyes and the relationship between negritude and aristocracy. The first part traces the heroic participation of blacks (slaves and free) in various battles of the country: English invasions, the, my revolution, the liberation war under San Martin, and the border struggles. The second part highlights the representation of “afroslodier”. With this approach, Andres Rivera speaks of the blacks not as a Community formed of slaves and free who, with regard to the whites and the Indians, stood heroically in all the struggles for the liberation of Argentina. To consolidate this approach without stereotype, the author uses an afro-argentine soldier character, a fisherman’s slave who becomes a captain of the army. The third part of the work analyses this revolutionary approach missing in literary history. And to highlight the loyalty and bravery of black soldiers alongside white figures, the author used, like Artigas and Ansina, duo Segundo Reyes, black captain, and Juan José Castelli, representative of the Government in the army of Alto Peru. The infallible friendship between the two during and after the wars which we analyzed in the last part shows how negritude and aristocracy (Blacks and Whites) are united by a perfect symbiosis made of fraternity and equal dignity.

https://doi.org/10.46652/resistances.v1i1.6
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