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Speaking to the Hollow: Silence and Memory in the Last Argentine Dictatorship

Author(s): Martínez Cabrera, Erika

Journal: 452º F : Revista de Teoría de la Literatura y Literatura Comparada
ISSN 2013-3294

Issue: 6;
Start page: 105;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Argentine dictatorship | Technologies of violence | Collective memory | Silence | Memory

This article is an analysis of the last Argentinean dictatorship discourse and its articulation through the instances of silence and memory. To elucidate them, we deal with the technologies of violence and its discursive consequences: the exhaustion of the collective ability to tell stories, the denial of collective aberration and the perversion of language. From there, we study the discursive axes through which the fiction of the Process was built on: messianism, manichaeism and organicism. Finally we evaluate the development of new symbolic discourses in response to dogmatism, the creation of partial, fragmented and provisional fictions that challenged the official story.
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