Luz Arce And Pinochet's Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence

Paperback | March 15, 2011

EditorMichael J. LazzarabyMichael J Lazzara

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Since the demise of the Pinochet dictatorship in 1990, collaboration and complicity--both in the torture chamber and civil society--have been taboo topics not only for the Chilean left but also for society at large. By revisiting the experience of Luz Arce Sandoval--a leftist militant turned collaborator with Pinochet’s secret police--Luz Arce and Pinochet’s Chile raises urgent political and ethical questions about how nations carry out unspeakable violence in the name of “progress” and “democracy.” Juxtaposing interviews, legal documents, and academic analysis, this book probes the personal and collective dimensions of torture, collaborationism, truth, justice, reconciliation, and memory, issues that resonate in Latin America and beyond.

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Since the demise of the Pinochet dictatorship in 1990, collaboration and complicity--both in the torture chamber and civil society--have been taboo topics not only for the Chilean left but also for society at large. By revisiting the experience of Luz Arce Sandoval--a leftist militant turned collaborator with Pinochet’s secret police--...

Michael J. Lazzara is an Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Chile in Transition: The Poetics and Politics of Memory (2006) and coeditor, with Vicky Unruh, of Telling Ruins in Latin America (2009).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 9.43 × 5.97 × 0.46 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230622763

ISBN - 13:9780230622760

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Foreword--Jean Franco * Introduction: After the Inferno--Michael J. Lazzara * Part One: Names, Dates, Places: Summary of Luz Arce’s Declaration before the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Santiago de Chile, October 9, 1990) * Part Two: Interview with Luz Arce (Mexico, Chile, 2002-2007) * The Militant, the Sympathizer * Collaboration, Critiques, Remorse * Trauma and Writing * Masculinity and Femininity * Luz, Marcia, Carola (Ana María Vergara, Marta Vergara, Gloria Vilches) * Shame and Reconciliation * The Present Time: New Critiques and Pending Questions * Part Three: Forum: Collaboration, Dictatorship, Democracy * Pedro Alejandro Matta * Gloria Elgueta * Victoria Langland * Patricia Espinosa * Jorge Arrate * Gabriela Zúñiga Figueroa * Michael J. Lazzara * Tamara Spira