Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Modern Languages & Literatures

Journal Title

PMLA

Pub Date

1-2007

Publisher

Modern Language Association

Volume

122

Issue

1

Journal Article URL

https://www.mlajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1632/pmla.2007.122.1.151

First Page

151

Abstract

If, as Angel Rama claims in The Lettered City, the city dictates everything one must think, forcing its inhabitants to repeat its discourse, how might shifts in the city’s contours affect the construction of civil society? How might urban designs that facilitate the work of recollection help inform conceptions of citizenship for historical actors emerging from dictatorship? These are the questions cultural practitioners in Argentina address through interventions in the Buenos Aires cityscape that honor victims of state terrorism (1976–83). By analyzing three memorial sites that illuminate the complex relation between space and democratic practices, this essay traces how geography, architecture, trauma, and memory interface in the rearticulation of a collective Argentine national identity. (SRT)

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1632/pmla.2007.122.1.151

Publisher Statement

This version is the accepted, post-print version of the article

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