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Dissensual Subjects
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Dissensual Subjects examines the relationship between memory and human rights in postdictatorial Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Combining cultural studies and critical theory, Andrew C. Rajca explores how the aftereffects of dictatorship are used to formulate dominant notions of human rights in the present. In so doing he critiques the exclusionary nature of these processes and highlights who and what count (and do not count) as subjects of human rights as a result.

Through an engaging exploration of the concept of “never again” (nunca más/nunca mais) and close analysis of photography exhibits, audiovisual installations, and other art forms in spaces of cultural memory, the book explores how aesthetic interventions can suggest alternative ways of framing human rights subjectivity beyond the rhetoric of liberal humanitarianism. The book visits sites of memory, two of which functioned as detention and torture centers during dictatorships, to highlight the tensions between the testimonial tenor of permanent exhibits and the aesthetic interventions of temporary visual culture installations there. Rajca thus introduces perspectives that both undo common understandings of authoritarian violence and its effects as well as reconfigure who or what are made visible as subjects of memory and human rights in postdictatorship countries.

Dissensual Subjects offers much to those concerned with several interlocking fields: memory, human rights, political subjectivity, aesthetics, cultural studies, visual culture, Southern Cone studies, postdictatorship studies, and sites of memory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-30
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  1. Chapter 1. Nunca más/Nunca mais: The Ethical Fusion of Memory and Human Rights in Postdictatorial Culture
  2. pp. 31-62
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  1. Chapter 2. The Politics and Aesthetics of Resistance: Memory and Subjectivity at the Memorial da Resistência in São Paulo
  2. pp. 63-100
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  1. Chapter 3. Melancholy and Dissensus: Postdictatorial Subjectivity at the Centro Cultural y Museo de la Memoria in Montevideo
  2. pp. 101-140
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  1. Conclusion: Beyond the Ethical Fusion of Memory and Human Rights in Postdictatorship
  2. pp. 187-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-234
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 235-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-254
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