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Captivity narratives form a major part of the early colonial literature of the United States, but Argentina has no such tradition. These narratives contradict Argentina's carefully shaped self-image, one historically based on the absence of aboriginal peoples and the impossibility of miscegenation. Captive Women uses close and imaginative readings of military documents, government treaties, travel journals, essays, and memoirs to explore the foundations of Argentina's strategies of silence and its negation of uncomfortable historical realities.
Susana Rotker (1954-2000) was professor of Spanish at Rutgers University.
Jennifer French is assistant professor of Spanish and comparative literature at Williams College.
|2||In Conquest of a White Nation: The Elites||20|
|3||No One Mourns for Captives: The Soldiers||47|
|4||Frontier Bodies: Esteban Echeverria's La Cautiva||77|
|5||The Return of the Forbidden: The Women Writers||98|
|6||Captive Texts: The Ethics of Representation||118|
|7||The Story of a Journey with No Return||129|
|8||News of a Disappearing World||151|