Eruptions of MemoryThe Critique of Memory in Chile, 1990-2015
Eruptions of Memory
The Critique of Memory in Chile, 1990-2015
Translated by Andrew Ascherl

In this important book, one of Latin America’s foremost critical theorists examines the use and abuse of memory in the wake of the social and political trauma of Pinochet’s Chile. Focusing on the period 1990-2015, Nelly Richard denounces the politics and aesthetics of forgetting that have underpinned both the protracted transition out of dictatorship and the denial of justice to its survivors and victims.

What are the perils and social costs of a culture of forgetting? What forms do memories of injustice take in newly formed democracies? How might a history of violence and an ethics of reparation be reconciled in post-autocratic societies? In addressing these and other questions, Richard exposes the abuses of the past and present while also attending to the residues of memory that are manifested in street protests, literature and the media and in artistic practices from architecture and urban design to installation and film. While cultural artefacts can be powerful devices for resistance and critique, Richard argues that they can also be complicit in reproducing and collaborating with forms of institutional and political oblivion. Both within Chile and beyond, Richard offers a trenchant critique of how authoritarian regimes and neoliberal states whittle away at memory’s critical capacity. At a time of seismic political realignments in Latin America and internationally, Richard makes a powerful case for the ethical, political and aesthetic value of memory.

Show More
Buy Now

From Wiley.com

Order Exam Copy

For lectures Only

More Info
  • November -0001 (pb)
    October 2018 (hb)
  • 224 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
Available Formats
  • Hardback $64.95
  • 9781509532278
  • Paperback $22.95
  • 9781509532285
  • Open eBook $22.95
  • 9781509532308
Table of Contents

Translator’s Note

The Struggle for Words - Graciela Montaldo


Prologue

1. Traces of Violence, Rhetoric of Consensus, and Subjective Dislocations

2. Women in the Streets: A War of Images

3. Torments and Obscenities

4. The Confessions of a Torturer and His (Abusive) Journalistic Assemblage

5. Coming and Going

6. Architectures, Stagings, and Narratives of the Past

7. Two Stagings of the Memory of YES and NO

8. Past-Present: The Symbolic Displacements of the Figure of the Victim

9. The Media Explosion of Memory in September 2013

10. The Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Military Coup…and Afterward


Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author
Nelly Richard is Director of Cultural Studies at Universidad ARCIS in Santiago, Chile.
Show More

Reviews

“Another blockbuster from Nelly Richard, Chile’s premier cultural critic.  Here in this new book, she takes on the reconfigurations of political and cultural memory in various moments since the return to democracy: in each instance, Richard’s lucid readings open the seams of oblivion that have sutured Chilean social life.”
Francine Masiello, University of California at Berkeley

Show More