Finding Their Voice: Peruvian Women's Testimonies of War

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In this unique and fascinating account, Kristin Herzog shares the stories of Peruvian women in order to probe women's involvement in war as victims, active participants or critical observers. She then takes up the theological challenges presented by situations of violence and war, concluding with a study of witnessing for peace in both Third World and First World countries based on the relationship of Peruvian women's testimonies to their country's literary and religious tradition and to our own.

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Overview

In this unique and fascinating account, Kristin Herzog shares the stories of Peruvian women in order to probe women's involvement in war as victims, active participants or critical observers. She then takes up the theological challenges presented by situations of violence and war, concluding with a study of witnessing for peace in both Third World and First World countries based on the relationship of Peruvian women's testimonies to their country's literary and religious tradition and to our own.

"Windows on the 'witness of women' of Peru and their perspectives on war and peace at the height of political violence, 1989-92, by a committed Catholic German-American. Includes careful and comprehensive analysis of women's issues and the women's movement in Peru. Important contribution"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781563380754
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Pages: 272

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Basic Facts on Peru
Introduction: Witnessing War as a Gringa in Peru 3
Pt. 1 Peruvian Women's Testimonies About War
Ch. 1 Early Witnesses 19
Lost Traces of Women's Words 19
Micaela Bastidas 21
Antonia Moreno de Caceres 24
Ch. 2 Women Writers of the Twentieth Century 31
Aida Balta 31
Carmen Luz Gorriti 36
A Journalist: Mariella Balbi 44
A Scholar: Piedad Pareja Pflucker 50
Ch. 3 Witnessing in Different Forms 54
Voices of American Indian Women Today 54
Women of Sendero Luminoso 65
Women in Folk Theater: Yuyachkani 75
Gender and Film: La boca del lobo 86
Stitched Words of Pain and Hope: Arpilleras 91
The Most Difficult Testimony: Rape 96
Voice of a Martyr: Maria Elena Moyano 101
Ch. 4 The Sexuality of Terrorism, Religious Teaching, and Women's Silence 110
Pt. 2 The Women's Movement of Peru and the Theology of the First World
Ch. 5 The Genealogy of the Peruvian Women's Movement 121
History and Diversity of the Movement 121
Outspoken Feminists 125
The Women's Movement of the Working Class 126
The Traditional Women's Movement 127
The Movement Today 128
Ch. 6 The Churches' Role in Women's Confrontation with Violence 131
Ch. 7 The God of the Sun or the Son of God?: Women Witnessing Religious Violence 138
Ch. 8 Women's Local Witness and Global Theology 145
Pt. 3 Women's Voices from the Third World: Literary and Theological Debates
Ch. 9 Fiction, Faith, and Truth in Latin American Women's Testimonies 155
Ch. 10 A Postmodern Witness of War? 165
Ch. 11 The Biblical Witness for Peace and Women's Stories of War 172
Conclusion 186
Notes 195
Bibliography 226
Index 240
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