Afterlives of Confinement
Spatial Transitions in Post-Dictatorship Latin America
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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This book would not have been possible without the support of many friends who gave me courage and love at moments of change and transitions. I am forever grateful to all of them. Most of the text was written under the tenure of a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies...
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When thinking about transitions from dictatorship to neoliberal democracy in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, how do we critically analyze the transformations of time and place in cities, where the end of the dictatorships’ carceral imaginaries and the beginning of a postdictatorial...
1. Prison-Malls: Architectures of Utopic Regeneration
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When writing a spatial history of transitions to postdictatorship societies in Latin America, the word “opening” seems to offer a good starting point, as it traverses different discourses, habits, and languages, crystallizing the mood of the times. The notion of opening acts as a foundational matrix that implicitly highlights how the previous...
2. Literary Afterlives of the Punta Carretas Prison: Tunneling Histories of Freedom
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How do the textual works that thematize the past of Punta Carretas Prison contribute to an understanding of the afterlife of confinement? Moreover, how do they differ from the architectural and critical work on the mall that was analyzed in the previous chapter...
3. The Workforce and the Open Prison: Awakening from the Dream of the Chilean Miracle in Diamela Eltit's Mano de obra
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In these remarks from Diamela Eltit’s Emergencias, language and place are central to Eltit’s reflection on the temporal placement of the coup and its aftermath, which are figured by two crucial spaces: the prison and the mall. In the first paragraph of the quote, historicity...
4. Freedom, Democracy, and the Literary Uncanny in Roberto Bolano's Nocturno de Chile
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Roberto Bolaño made these remarks after one of his first trips back to Chile after the end of the dictatorship, a trip that he described in interviews and articles as having caused him a sense of strangeness linked to the uncanny. In fact, one of the articles is given the ironic...
5. Memorialistic Architectonics and Memory Marketing
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A decade after the malling boom, memory itself became the object of a similar process, a kind of “memory boom.” Besides the creation of different Commissions of Memory, the promotion of memory as part of the marketing of the state-market can be seen in the project for the creation of a “MERCOSUR-Memory,” in which the regional market,...
6. It Goes without Seeing: Framing tje Future Past of Violence in Postdictatorship Film
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In previous chapters I analyzed how retaining the prison structure as the base and cultural heritage of the new mall created an optical problem in various different critical and literary discourses. Texts by Diamela Eltit, Fernández Huidobro, and Roberto Bolaño set up the relation...
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Page Count: 248
Illustrations: 4 b&w photots
Publication Year: 2012