Captive Women: Oblivion And Memory In Argentina

Captive Women: Oblivion And Memory In Argentina

by Susana Rotker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816640297

ISBN-13: 9780816640294

Pub. Date: 12/04/2002

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Argentina is the only country in the Americas that has successfully erased the presence of Indians, Africans, and mestizos from its national story. Official documents, reports, and censuses have largely omitted any references to the country's non-European inhabitants, mirroring official policies that once included the extermination of indigenous peoples and continued…  See more details below

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Argentina is the only country in the Americas that has successfully erased the presence of Indians, Africans, and mestizos from its national story. Official documents, reports, and censuses have largely omitted any references to the country's non-European inhabitants, mirroring official policies that once included the extermination of indigenous peoples and continued to encourage Europeanization well into the twentieth century. In Captive Women, Susana Rotker exposes this concerted act of forgetting by looking at a historical phenomenon that has been expunged from the national record: the widespread kidnapping of white women by Argentine Indians in the nineteenth century.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816640294
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/04/2002
Series:
Cultural Studies of the Americas Series, #10
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Against Oblivion1
2In Conquest of a White Nation: The Elites20
3No One Mourns for Captives: The Soldiers47
4Frontier Bodies: Esteban Echeverria's La Cautiva77
5The Return of the Forbidden: The Women Writers98
6Captive Texts: The Ethics of Representation118
7The Story of a Journey with No Return129
8News of a Disappearing World151
Notes171
Bibliography211
Index229

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