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Marcos Aguinis's articles shed light on the connection between the public intellectual's culturally crafted message and his simultaneously constructed persona. Leaving a self-compiled cyber trail featuring over 200 entries spanning the eight years between September 12, 2003 and June 14, 2011, the public intellectual demonstrates an ongoing dedication to his program of cultural democratization, as well as to furthering his legacy as Argentina's healer. If the first generation of intellectuals in Argentina was dedicated to bringing the Enlightenment to their country in order to cure barbarism with civilization, Aguinis spent his life addressing the shortcomings of a public sphere so described. In claiming Jewish compatibility with Argentina, even if innovatively couched as a measure of Argentina's own modernity, Aguinis too joined an expansive cohort of Jewish writers and scholars who were dedicated to Jewish Latin American diasporic survival.

Keywords: Argentina; barbarism; Jewish writers; Latin American; Marcos Aguinis; public intellectual



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