2886 - The Relationship Between Literature and Human Rights: A Selection of Imaginative Literary Narratives and Witness Accounts from Argentina.

I propose to examine the expression of human rights concerns within the novels and short stories of Julio Cortázar, Luisa Valenzuela as well as Argentine writers of testimonial novels and narratives. I plan to analyze the relationship between literature and the discourses of testimonial narratives, letters and court documents produced during the Argentine regime of State Terrorism (1976-1984). In your session you emphasize the relationship between the imaginative literature of Latin America and the discourse of human rights. I think that in the case of Argentina, there are examples in contemporary literature where one can see a deep concern for human rights. Not only the discourse, but the literary techniques used by the authors I will examine, deal with violations of human dignity and sometimes attempt to resolve ethical questions elicited by State sanctioned violence and destruction of human life and community. In many cases the fictions replicate reality. Sometimes they even attempt to understand reality within an ethical framework. In this essay I plan to analyze the discourse and writing techniques used in both "fictional" and "non fictional" narratives. I believe this analysis will offer clues on the violence directed against a generation of Latin American intellectuals and a community concerned with ethical issues. In this essay I will also explain how these authors have contributed to the creation of what you term "human rights based cultures."

Palavras-chaves: Argentina, , HumanRrights, testimonial narratives, State Terrorism

Autores: Cox, Victoria (Appalachian State University, Ud States of Am / USA)


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