© 2012

Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimony

Meta-morphoses and Migrations

  • Editors
  • Louise Detwiler
  • Janis Breckenridge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction Points of Departure

    1. Louise Detwiler, Janis Breckenridge
      Pages 1-7
  3. Moving Theories: Neoliberalism and Coalitions

  4. Positioning Oppositional Performances: Clandestine, Reluctant, and False Witnesses

  5. Connected Communities: Emerging Contexts and Merging Mediums

  6. Novel Landscapes: Counter-Geographies, Graphics, and Terra-Trauma

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-271

About this book


Revealing twenty-first century contexts, ground-breaking scenarios, and innovative mediums for this highly contested life writing genre, this volume showcases a new generation of testimonio scholarship.


America human rights identity migration neoliberalism novel revolution

About the authors

LOUISE DETWILERAssociate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies at Salisbury University, USA.
JANIS BRECKENRIDGE Assistant Professor of Spanish at Whitman College, USA.

Bibliographic information


'Detwiler and Breckenridge correctly identify a paradigm shift. Testimonio scholarship and the definition of testimonio as text or transcribed oral testimony have limited the role of marginalized groups the texts are meant to empower. Especially in the late-20th-century and early-21st-century contexts of new media, shifting global relations, truth commissions, post-dictatorial societies in Latin America, new social movements, and continued violations of human rights in neoliberal political circumstances, this collection of essays is timely. This book offers a refreshing step beyond the textual confinements of previous testimonio studies to consider other forms of agency, empowerment and denouncement through testifying to lived experience.'

Joanna R. Bartow, associate professor of Spanish, St. Mary's College of Maryland