Marco Aurelio Denegri

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Marco Aurelio Denegri
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Denegri in 2015
Born(1938-05-16)16 May 1938
Died27 July 2018(2018-07-27) (aged 80)
Lima, Peru
Alma mater Colegio San Andrés
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
Occupation Writer, literary critic, television presenter, sexologist
RelativesJulio Ernesto Denegri Cornejo (father)
Leonor Santagadea Arana (mother)

Marco Aurelio Denegri Santagadea (16 May 1938 27 July 2018) [1] was a Peruvian intellectual, [2] literature critic, television host and sexologist.


Peruvians are the citizens of the Republic of Peru or their descendants abroad. Peru is a multiethnic country formed by the combination of different groups over five centuries, so people in Peru usually treat their nationality as a citizenship rather than an ethnicity. Indigenous nations inhabited Peruvian territory for several millennia before Spanish Conquest in the 16th century; according to historian David N. Cook their population decreased from an estimated 5–9 million in the 1520s to around 600,000 in 1620 mainly because of infectious diseases. Spaniards and Africans arrived in large numbers under colonial rule, mixing widely with each other and with indigenous peoples. During the Republic, there has been a gradual immigration of European people. Japanese and Chinese arrived in large numbers at the end of nineteenth century.

Intellectual people who primarily use intelligence in either a professional or an individual capacity

An intellectual is a person who engages in critical thinking, research, and reflection about society, proposes solutions for its normative problems and gains authority as a public figure. Coming from the world of culture, either as a creator or as a mediator, the intellectual participates in politics either to defend a concrete proposition or to denounce an injustice, usually by rejecting, producing or extending an ideology, or by defending a system of values.

Literary criticism study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature

Literary criticism is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. Modern literary criticism is often influenced by literary theory, which is the philosophical discussion of literature's goals and methods. Though the two activities are closely related, literary critics are not always, and have not always been, theorists.


Early life and education

Son of Julio Ernesto Denegri Cornejo - grandson of Marco Aurelio Denegri Valega - [3] and Leonor Santagadea Arana. He attended Colegio San Andrés (formerly Anglo-Peruvian School). [4] He later studied Law at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, [4] and then Sexology and Sociology. [4] He recognizes that he has passed through many universities; however, he considers himself "self-taught polygrapher". [5]

Aurelio Denegri Peruvian politician

Marco Aurelio Denegri Valega was a Prime Minister of Peru under Andrés Avelino Cáceres and a mayor of Lima.

National University of San Marcos public research university in Lima, Peru

The National University of San Marcos is a public research university in Lima, capital of Peru. Also known as the "University of Peru" and the "Dean University of the Americas", it is the first officially established and the longest continuously operating university in the Americas. Since its foundation until 1942, it was commonly referred as the University of Lima.


During the 1970s, Denegri was the director of the magazine Revista Científica y Artística de Cultural Sexual – Fáscinum. [6] Its first issue was published in April 1972.

His career in Peruvian television began in 1973. He led from 1997 to 2000 A solas con Marco Aurelio Denegri in the missing Cable Magico Cultural. [6] He resigned in 2000 and then moved to the ranks of the then -called National Television of Peru -at present TV Peru-, thanks to the efforts of José Watanabe, and there he conducted a television program called La función de la palabra, where he addressed various aspects of culture-from music to the beauty of the hands-although he considered it counter-cultural. [7]

José Watanabe Peruvian poet

José Watanabe was a Peruvian poet who won a number of literary awards.

Counterculture Subculture whose values and norms of behavior deviate from those of mainstream society

A counterculture is a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores. A countercultural movement expresses the ethos and aspirations of a specific population during a well-defined era. When oppositional forces reach critical mass, countercultures can trigger dramatic cultural changes. Prominent examples of countercultures in Europe and North America include Romanticism (1790–1840), Bohemianism (1850–1910), the more fragmentary counterculture of the Beat Generation (1944–1964), followed by the globalized counterculture of the 1960s (1964–1974), usually associated with the hippie subculture and the diversified punk subculture of the 1970s and 1980s.

He wrote articles for various Peruvian newspapers, which have been compiled under the title of this and that by the Ricardo Palma University. [4] He wrote a weekly column for El Comercio.

<i>El Comercio</i> (Peru) newspaper from Peru

El Comercio is a Peruvian newspaper based in Lima. Founded in 1839, it is the oldest newspaper in Peru and one of the oldest Spanish-language papers in the world. It has a daily circulation of more than 120,000. It is one of the most influential media in Peru.

Personal life

Denegri never married and was very reserved with his private life. In some programs he expressed being a friend of some intellectuals, although for the last years of his life he became totally isolated. His main bridge with the world was his assistant Rosa Torres, who had to call his cell phone to request to speak by telephone with Denegri. This then, under the permission of Denegri, connected the landline. Then the applicant called the landline, in order to communicate directly with the intellectual. [8]

During his youth he was assiduous concurrent to the Huatica jiron, to meet prostitutes. Even in his book Miscellaneous Humanistic draws a map of the location as it was when he attended. [9]

Likewise, he was involved in peculiar sexual encounters. In one of the episodes of The Function of the Word, he indicated that together with a group of people he witnessed a technical intercourse that had great resistance to resist ejaculation. Denegrí said he witnessed that the prostitute resisted 45 minutes of oral sex. In addition, in an interview conducted by journalist Raúl Tola, Denegri indicated that he was a witness in an ejaculation competition. This consisted of who could ejaculate further. Tola asked him strangely about where one finds competition like that, to which Denegri replied that there is, and several. [10]


He died on July 27, 2018 at 80 years of age due to pulmonary emphysema. [11] He was a music lover and a lover of the Peruvian cajón, for this reason he introduced the term cajonística to refer to the art of Afro-Peruvian drawer playing. [12]


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