Testimonio: On the Politics of Truth / Edition 1

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Overview

These four germinal essays by John Beverley sparked the widespread discussion and debate surrounding testimonio-the socially and politically charged Latin American narrative of witnessing-that culminated with David Stoll's highly publicized attack on Rigoberta MenchĂș's celebrated testimonial text. Challenging Hardt and Negri's Empire, Beverley's extensive new introduction examines the broader historical, political, and ethical issues that this literature raises, tracing the development of testimonio from its emergence in the Cold War era to the rise of a globalized economy and U.S. political hegemony.Informed by postcolonial studies and the current debate over multiculturalism and identity politics, Testimonio reaches across disciplinary boundaries to show how this particular literature at once represents and enacts new forms of agency on the part of previously repressed social subjects, as well as its potential as a new form of "alliance politics" between those subjects and artists, scientists, teachers, and intellectuals in a variety of local, national, and international contexts. John Beverley is professor and chair in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. His books include Subalternity and Representation, The Postmodernism Debate in Latin America, and Against Literature (Minnesota, 1993).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816628414
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 6/14/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : testimony and empire 1
1 The margin at the center : on testimonio 29
2 "Through all things modern" : second thoughts on testimonio 45
3 The real thing 63
4 What happens when the subaltern speaks : Rigoberta Menchu, multiculturalism, and the presumption of equal worth 79
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