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Haunted Objects

Spectral Testimony in the Southern Cone Post-Dictatorship

Megan Corbin

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: Editorial A Contracorriente
Published: 03/2021
Pages: 208
Subject: History
Print ISBN: 9781469664293
eBook ISBN: 9781469664309


Examining testimonial production in Southern Cone Latin America (Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay), Haunted Objects analyzes how the changed relationship between the subject and the material world influenced the way survivors narrate the stories of their detentions in the wake of the political violence of the 1970s and 80s. It explores descriptions of objects within testimonial narratives and uses these descriptions to inform an analysis of how the objects that survived the violence--items recovered by archeologists from former detention centers, the personal belongings of disappeared peoples, the prison craftwork created by political prisoners during their detention, and the bodies of the second generation children of the disappeared, all join together in memory projects in the post-dictatorship to offer "spectral testimony" about the past.