Journal of Romance Studies

Between marginalization and decentralization of memory: Peripheral palimpsests in post-dictatorship Buenos Aires and Montevideo

Journal of Romance Studies (2014), 14, (3), 67–85.


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Thirty years after the Argentine and Uruguayan dictatorships ended, the ways in which the past is addressed remains contentious. In 2010, controversy erupted over the cover up of the Memorial de los Detenidos Desaparecidos during an advertising shoot for Sprite in Montevideo. In neighbouring Buenos Aires, work on the Monumento a las Víctimas del Terrorismo de Estado was stalled in 2001 over lack of funding and again in 2008 over salary disputes. This article explores these ‘intentional’ monuments as examples of the palimpsest. First, in spite of their intended purpose, these memorials are subject to different readings treatment and threats over time. Second, the urban settings of such memorials may be viewed as palimpsests, because the choice of location facilitates different readings of the memorials themselves. Analysis of their palimpsestic features reveals the myriad ways in which the past is addressed, elucidating site-specific and general concerns about post-dictatorship memory-making.

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Levey, Cara