Cover

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Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

Jean Franco

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pp. ix-xiv

...Susana Rotker in the first chapter of this book. She is referring to the fate of women captured in Indian raids before the Argentine interior was finally "pacified" in the 1870s, but she is also referring...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvi

...This book is the result of a chance encounter between personal obsessions. It began as the topic of a day's discussion during a graduate seminar on marginal figures of nineteenth-century literature: slaves, bastards, mestizos, pirates, country...

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1. Against Oblivion

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pp. 1-19

...I have no memory of my childhood because no story was ever told of it. That fact for a time disturbed my Argentine psychoanalyst until we both discovered that the lack of memories...

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2. In Conquest of a White Nation: The Elites

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pp. 20-46

...Argentina is the only country in Latin America that has determinedly and successfully erased the mestizo, Indian, and black minorities from its history and its reality. They have been omitted from national narratives and, in the early twentieth...

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3. No One Mourns for Captives: The Soldiers

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pp. 47-76

...The silence that covers the very existence of the Argentine captives of the nineteenth century is devastating: from the moment of the attack to today, captivity is synonymous with disappearance. The tales that exist are utterly insufficient...

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4. Frontier Bodies: Esteban Echeverría's La Cautiva

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pp. 77-97

...Identity is a social construction, a creation, a system of interpretation or representation that is produced through the word, through images, through the repetition of collective rituals...

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5. The Return of the Forbidden: The Women Writers

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pp. 98-117

...There is a rape at the very origin of Argentina. Not the ritual rape of the subjugated indigenous woman by the Spaniard, but the reverse: the violation of a married, Catholic, Spanish lady by a chief of the pampa. At least that is what is told...

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6. Captive Texts: The Ethics of Representation

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pp. 118-128

...Don't forget what I have always charged you with, one or two Indian women, I have a very good location for them— [NJeedless to say I don't want them to be old...

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7. The Story of a Journey with No Return

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pp. 129-150

...travel narratives register only the vicissitudes of the journey out, the astonishment, the discoveries, the unexpected landscapes and cultures on the other side, in the realm...

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8. News of a Disappearing World

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pp. 151-170

...What do I recall from my readings of Una excursion a los indios ranqueles* I know that this is the first text of nineteenth-century Argentine literature that dared include the voices of...

Notes

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pp. 171-210

Bibliography

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pp. 211-228

Index

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pp. 229-236

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About the Authors

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pp. 237-237

...Jean Franco is professor emerita of English and comparative literature at Columbia University...