The Post-dictatorship Generation in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay: Collective Memory and Cultural…

Hardcover | June 8, 2012

byA. Ros

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The Post-Dictatorship Generation in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay explores how young adults in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay make sense of the 1970s socialist projects and the ensuing years of repression in their activism, film, and literature. How do they deal with the stories of their parents, be their parents persecuted activists, shocked bystanders, or perpetrators? How do they combine a critical appraisal of the dramatically interrupted projects of social change with their strong condemnation of state terror in a context marked by polarization, impunity, and the need for a collective project? They engage in a rich intergenerational dialogue in order to 'own' the past and become actors of the present.

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The Post-Dictatorship Generation in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay explores how young adults in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay make sense of the 1970s socialist projects and the ensuing years of repression in their activism, film, and literature. How do they deal with the stories of their parents, be their parents persecuted activists, s...

ANA ROS is an assistant professor at SUNY-Binghamton, where she teaches Latin American Cinema and Literature. She studied Literature at the University of Uruguay and received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Michigan. In her research, she critically examines contemporary Southern Cone cultural production in its so...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:June 8, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230120601

ISBN - 13:9780230120600

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Why Write about the Post-Dictatorship Generation?PUSHING THE ENVELOPE: MEMORY FORMATION IN ARGENTINACollective Memory from the Dictatorship to the PresentLiving the Absence: The Children of the DesaparecidosIntroducing Silences, Taboos, and MarginsBuilding Bridges Between GenerationsThe Past in the Present, the Present in the FutureCHILE AND URUGUAY: MEMORY STRUGGLES IN NEGOTIATED TRANSITIONSChile. Overcoming the Stunned State of the PeopleUruguay. Memory Struggles against the ClockThe Never-Ending Path to the 'Never Again'

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"The Post-Dictatorship Generation in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay provides a refreshing, three-dimensional account of human rights debates in the Southern Cone, stressing the views of groups too young to have experienced state persecution directly, who must nonetheless grapple with a society forever altered by the period of tyranny. The blending of a sociological and a literary approach (including due attention to film and poetry) is unusual, difficult to bring off, and accomplished beautifully here."- Christopher Mitchell, New York University"Ana Ros offers an engaging and nuanced portrait of the post-dictatorship generation in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Through her keen analyses and illuminating comparisons of diverse cultural productions, she shows how those who grew up amid state terror have challenged static, official narratives in the interest of constructing more just societies and layered understandings of the past."- Michael J. Lazzara, University of California, Davis"Focusing on the post-dictatorship generation's cultural production, Ros presents a novel perspective on the ongoing collective memory construction process. In this excellent study, the author thoroughly analyzes films, books, and artistic installations revealing how young people are reclaiming this history as their own and installing it in the public sphere with their distinctive approach, gaze, and voice. In doing so, they reaffirm the strong presence of this past in their present and challenge their parents' generation by triggering intergenerational dialogues that demystify heroes, question hierarchies, and demand explanations about memory monopolies, political activism, armed struggle, and the roles of average citizens."- Susana Kaiser, University of San Francisco, author of Postmemories of Terror: A New Generation Copes with the Legacy of the 'Dirty War'