Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's

Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War" / Edition 1

by Diana Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822318687

ISBN-13: 9780822318682

Pub. Date: 02/07/1997

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Disappearing Acts Diana Taylor looks at how national identity is shaped, gendered, and contested through spectacle and relationship. The specific identity in question is that of Argentina, and Taylor's focus is directed toward the years 1976 to 1983 in which the Argentine armed forces were pitted against the Argentine people in that nation's "Dirty War." Combining…  See more details below

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In Disappearing Acts Diana Taylor looks at how national identity is shaped, gendered, and contested through spectacle and relationship. The specific identity in question is that of Argentina, and Taylor's focus is directed toward the years 1976 to 1983 in which the Argentine armed forces were pitted against the Argentine people in that nation's "Dirty War." Combining feminism, cultural studies, and performance theory, Taylor analyzes the political spectacles that comprised the war - concentration camps, torture, "disappearances" - as well as the rise of theatrical productions, demonstrations, and other performative practices that attempted to resist and subvert the Argentine military. Taylor uses performance theory to explore how public spectacle both builds and dismantles a sense of national and gender identity. Here, nation is understood as a product of communal "imaginings" that are rehearsed, written and staged - and spectacle is the desiring machine at work in those imaginings. Taylor argue that the founding scenario of Argentineness stages the struggle for national identity as a battle between men - fought on, over, and through the feminine body of the Motherland. She shows how the military's representations of itself as the model of national authenticity established the parameters of the conflict in the 70s and 80s, feminized the enemy, and positioned the public - limiting its ability to respond. Those who challenged the dictatorship, from the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo to progressive theater practitioners, found themselves in what Taylor describes as "bad scripts." Describing the images, myths, performances, and explanatory narratives that have informed Argentina's national drama, Disappearing Acts offers a telling analysis of the aesthetics of violence and the disappearance of civil society during Argentina's spectacle of terror.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822318682
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/07/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.99(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Caught in the Spectacle1
2Gendering the National "Self"29
3Military Males, "Bad" Women, and a Dirty, Dirty War59
4The Theatre of Operations: Performing Nation-ness in the Public Sphere91
5Percepticide119
6Disappearing Bodies: Writing Torture and Torture as Writing139
7Trapped in Bad Scripts: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo183
8Staging Battles of Gender and Nation-ness: Teatro Abierto 1981223
9Crossing the Line: Watching Violence in the "Other" Country255
Notes267
Bibliography291
Index305

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