Marco Aurelio Denegri

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Marco Aurelio Denegri
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Denegri in 2015
Marco Aurelio Denegri Santagadea

(1938-05-16)16 May 1938
Died27 July 2018(2018-07-27) (aged 80)
Lima, Peru
Alma materColegio San Andrés
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
OccupationWriter, 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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]


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]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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]


  • Fáscinum. Ensayos sexológicos. Palabras preliminares de Carlos Alberto Seguín. Lima: Asociación de Estudios Humanísticos, 1972. 231 p. Contiene los ensayos Obscenidad, pornografía y censura y ¿Y qué fue realmente lo que hizo Onán?, más una Bibliografía en español sobre la obscenidad, la pornografía y la censura.
  • ¿Y qué fue realmente lo que hizo Onán?; Lima: Kavia Kobaya Editores, 1996.
  • Normalidad y anormalidad & El asesino desorganizado; Lima: Umbra, 2000. (ISBN 978-612-4050-56-5)
  • De esto y de aquello; Lima: Universidad Ricardo Palma, 2006. (ISBN 9972-236-16-1)
  • Hechos y opiniones acerca de la mujer; Lima: Editorial San Marcos, 2008. (ISBN 978-612-302-834-3)
  • Cajonística y vallejística; Lima: Editorial San Marcos, 2009. (ISBN 978-9972-38-682-4)
  • Miscelánea humanística; Lima, Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, 2010. (ISBN 978-612-4050-14-5)
  • Lexicografía; Lima: Editorial San Marcos, 2011. (ISBN 978-612-302-421-5)
  • Obscenidad y Pornografía; Lima, Perú: Fondo Editorial Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, 2012. (ISBN 978-612-4050-52-7)
  • Esmórgasbord; Lima, Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, 2011. (ISBN 978-612-4050-28-2)
  • La niña masturbación y su madrastra tabú; Lima, Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, 2015. (ISBN 978-612-4050-85-5)
  • Poliantea; Lima, Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, 2014. (ISBN 978-612-4050-72-5)
  • Polimatía; Lima, Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, 2014. (ISBN 978-612-4050-78-7)
  • Arte y Ciencia en la Gallistica; Lima, Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, 2015. (ISBN 978-612-4050-92-3)
  • Mixtifori; Lima, Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, 2017. (ISBN 978-612-4340-12-3)


  1. ^ "Marco Aurelio Denegri falleció a los 80 años tras una fibrosis pulmonar". La República (in Spanish). 27 July 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Esos barrancos hace tiempo dejaron de ser nuestros". Diario Voces (in Spanish). 26 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  3. ^ GeneaNet: Marco Aurelio Denegri Valega - Árbol genealógico Francisco Javier Carbone Montes.
  4. ^ a b c d "Marco Aurelio Denegri: Recuerda la trayectoria del reconocido intelectual" (in Spanish). Perú 21. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ Marco Aurelio Denegri (2006). De esto y aquello (in Spanish). Lima: Universidad Ricardo Palma. ISBN 9972236161.
  6. ^ a b "Marco Aurelio Denegri (1938-2018)". Arkivperu (in Spanish). 28 July 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Marco Aurelio Denegri: TV Perú transmitirá programas inéditos de intelectual peruano". El Comercio (in Spanish). 28 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Documental Sucedió en el Perú - Marco Aurelio Denegri - 05/11/2018" (in Spanish).
  9. ^ Denegri, Recuerdos huatiqueros (2010). Miscelánea Humanística (in Spanish). XI. Inca Garcilazo de la Vega. p. 115.
  10. ^ Casa Tomada: Marco Aurelio Denegri (in Spanish). TV Perú. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Marco Aurelio Denegri: el destacado intelectual falleció a los 80 años". El Comercio (in Spanish). 27 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Marco Aurelio Denegri (Lima, 6 de mayo de 1938) | Arte y Cultura TV todo en VIDEOS". (in Spanish). 5 May 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2018.

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