Queering Acts of Mourning in the Aftermath of Argentina's Dictatorship (Monografías A)

Queering Acts of Mourning in the Aftermath of Argentina's Dictatorship (Monografías A)

ISBN: 9781855662797
Publisher: Tamesis Books
Publication Date: 2014-09-18
Number of pages: 206
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Co-winner of the Inaugural AHGBI Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation The aftermath of Argentina's last dictatorship (1976-1983) has traditionally been associated with narratives of suffering, which recall the loss ofthe 30,000 civilians infamously known as the ""disappeared"". When democracy was recovered, the unspoken rule was that only those related by blood to the missing were entitled to ask for justice. This book both queries and queers this bloodline normativity. Drawing on queer theory and performance studies, it develops an alternative framework for understanding the affective transmission of trauma beyond traditional family settings. To do so, it introduces anarchive of non-normative acts of mourning that runs across different generations. Through the analysis of a broad spectrum of performances - including interviews, memoirs, cooking sessions, films, jokes, theatrical productions andliterature - the book shows how the experience of loss has not only produced a well-known imaginary of suffering but also new forms of collective pleasure.

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