Tango: Fiction and the Portable Argentina

Graciela Montaldo

Abstract


This essay is focused on an early case of Transnational Hispanism: the figure of the Spanish writer Vicente Blasco-Ibáñez, who traveled through Argentina in 1909, wrote a novel with Argentine characters (The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, 1916) and was internationally acclaimed for a movie based on his novel (1921). The movie was shot in Los Angeles where “Blascomania” begun Rodolfo Valentino, in a gaucho dressing, danced tango and started “tango fever.” Global writer and global film industry developed new Argentinian territories in the global market of culture.


Keywords


Tango, Valentino, Blasco Ibáñez, Representation, Argentina

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ct/2016.200

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