Laura May Webb-Redefining testimonio: The significance of testimonial production in Argentina

Laura May Webb

DEPT/SUBJECT AREA - Latin American Studies, Department of Languages, Translation and Communication

SUPERVISOR(S) - Dr L.H. Davies & Dr A. Williams

RESEARCH DEGREE (PhD/M.Phil/MA by Research) - PhD

THESIS TITLE - Redefining testimonio: The enduring significance of testimonial production in contemporary Argentina


SYNOPSIS                               

Latin American testimonial literature, known in Spanish as testimonio, generated much discussion amongst critics in the 1980s in particular, when production of this new genre of literature reached its peak. This thesis proposes that a significant body of works has been and continues to be produced in contemporary Argentina which challenge established notions of testimonio and traditional concepts of how traumatised societies remember, particularly through literary production. Concepts such as post-memory and language as ideology are exploed in addition to examples of perpetrator testimony, guerrilla memoirs, Jewish-Argentine writing and contemporary poetry and the argument made that contemporary Argentine literature not only redefines our understanding of testimonio as a genre but also highlights the enduring significance of testimonial production in post-conflict societies the world over.

 

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS                      

‘Reviving Resistance: A New Take on Testimonio in Nora Strejilevich’s Una sola muerte numerosa’, WISPS Annual Conference ‘Revisiting Gender and Nation in Hispanic and Lusophone Studies: New Debates and Directions, Bangor University, 23rd November 2012.

 

‘Truth versus Fact in Latin American Testimonial Literature’, Swansea University Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference, 8th June 2013.

 

‘Organised Chaos: Confronting the Perpetrators of Argentina’s “Dirty War”’, Swansea University History and Classics Postgraduate Conference, 6th June 2014.

 

‘Sins of the Father(land): Redefining Postmemory in Contemporary Latin American Literature’, Swansea University Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Conference, 10th October 2014.

 

‘¿Héroes o Demonios? Guerrilla Representation and Memory Conflicts in Contemporary Argentine Literature’, Swansea University CECSAM (Centre for the Comparative Study of the Americas) Seminar, 14th May 2015.

 

‘¿Aquí viven genocidas? Reframing State Terror in Human Rights Discourse in Argentina’, Swansea University LTC Department Symposium, 15th June 2015.

 

PUBLICATIONS                      

‘Sins of the Father(land): Redefining Postmemory in Contemporary Latin American Literature’, HARTS & Minds: The Journal of the Humanities and Arts, Vol 2. No.2 (2015)