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Testimonio : On The Politics Of Truth - John Beverley


On The Politics Of Truth


Published: 14th June 2004
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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 Menchu'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 of 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.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introduction: Testimony and Empirep. 1
The Margin at the Center: On Testimoniop. 29
"Through All Things Modern": Second Thoughts on Testimoniop. 45
The Real Thingp. 63
What Happens When the Subaltern Speaks: Rigoberta Menchu, Multiculturalism, and the Presumption of Equal Worthp. 79
Notesp. 95
Indexp. 115
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ISBN: 9780816628414
ISBN-10: 0816628416
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 14th June 2004
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.9  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2