Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimony Meta-morphoses and Migrations

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimonymoves the engagement with these urgent life stories into the twenty-first century. The collection's twelve essaysby both distinguished and emerging scholarsfeature contemporary concepts such as truth commissions, the post-revolutionary era, insile writing, ecology, and the nonhuman biotic witness. Also explored are the novel media of religious radio, documentary film, community embroideries, and comics. An interdisciplinary and geographically diverse collection, Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimonywill stimulate much discussion among readers with an interest in the fields of Latin American studies, life writing, human rights, women's studies, dictatorships and revolutions, and trauma studies.

Author Biography

LOUISE DETWILER is an associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies at Salisbury University. She has authored nine articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a former recipient of the M/MLA Women's Caucus Distinguished Paper Award for her study of Alicia Partnoy's testimony, The Little School.

JANIS BRECKENRIDGE is an assistant professor of Spanish at Whitman College. She has authored ten articles in diverse peer-reviewed journals and conducted interviews with numerous authors and directors. She is a former recipient of the Feministas Unidas Essay prize for her work on Los rubios, an Argentine testimonial film.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Points of Departure--Louise Detwiler and Janis Breckenridge * Part I: Moving Theories: Neoliberalism and Coalitions * Writing Fabio Argueta: Testimonio, Ethnography, and Human Rights in the Neoliberal Age--Leigh Binford * Testimonio and Its Travelers: Feminist Deployments of a Genre in Action--Patricia Connolly * Part II: Positioning Oppositional Performances: Clandestine, Reluctant, and False Witnesses * Hiding the Camera in Miguel Littin’s Acta General de Chile--David William Foster * Guerilla Narratives through the Kaleidoscope of Time: Nicaragua and the Revolution that Was--Julia M. Medina * Bearing False Witness? The Politics of Identity in Elsa Osorio’s My Name is Light (A veinte años, Luz)--Nancy J. Gates-Madsen * Part III - Connected Communities: Emerging Contexts and Merging Mediums * Testimony in Truth Commissions and Social Movements in Latin America--Lynn Stephen * Rumors as Testimonios of Insile in La mujer en cuestión (The Woman in Question) by María Teresa Andruetto--Corinne Pubill * Accomplishing “Tellable-Tellings”: Managing Displays of Faith on Live Radio--Melissa Guzman * Embroidered Discourse/s Break the Silence: The CPR-Sierra of Guatemala (Re)vive Testimonio--T. M. Linda Scholz  * Part IV: Novel Landscapes: Counter-Geographies, Graphics, and Terra-Trauma * Ciudad Juárez as a Palimpsest: Searching for Ecotestimonios--Alice Driver * Drawing the Line Between Memory, History, and Artistic Re/creation: Miguel Gallardo and Carlos Giménez’s Graphic Testimonies--Janis Breckenridge * Witnessing the Earth through Gaspar Pedro González’s El 13 B’aktun: La Nueva Era 2012 (13 B’aktun: Mayan Visions of 2012 and Beyond)--Louise Detwiler * Conclusion: “Something that Might Resemble a Call”: Testimonial Theory and Practice in the Twenty-First Century--Kimberly A. Nance

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