Libercueca: Biopoéticas del sexo y la fusión en la Cueca urbana Chilena

Translated title of the contribution: Libercueca: Biopoetry of sex and fusion in Chilean urban Cueca

Mia Rubi Carreno

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Cueca is a Chilean couples' dance that has its hybrid origin in the 19 th century. It has evolved - sometimes within an environment of real tension - into multiple versions, three of which are examined in this article. The "porteña" version, known as "chora," exhibits the exiled voices of "rotos" and prostitutes in the theaters and radio of the 1950s. The "cueca sola" was a way for women to denounce the disappearance of their husbands and partners under the 1973-1990 military dictatorship. Finally, the more modern urban cueca brings us the voice of a Chile that dissents from those in power who view the popular classes as only a labor force, a military contingent, a residual group, or, from a theoretical point of view, an "other" that is ever-suffering. As a highly eroticized dance, with melodies that fuse with tango, Chilean urban cueca proposes an open national community to foreigners, and restores pleasure as a basic human right and a condition to life.

Translated title of the contributionLibercueca: Biopoetry of sex and fusion in Chilean urban Cueca
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)151-167
Number of pages17
JournalRevista de Critica Literaria Latinoamericana
Issue number71
StatePublished - Sep 22 2010


  • Biopoetics
  • Biopolitics
  • Chilean military dictatorship
  • Cueca sola
  • Erotism
  • Hybridism
  • Los Trukeros
  • Nano Núñez, Raúl Gardy
  • Popular culture
  • Urban cueca

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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