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Testimonio in a Post-revolutionary Era: The Writings of Female Ex-combatants

  • Cherilyn Elston
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Abstract

Narrating an ignored history, the participation of numerous women in armed groups in Colombia, Elston explores how around the turn of the millennium numerous female ex-combatants published testimonial works about their experiences. Focusing specifically on two testimonios by former guerrilla combatants, María Eugenia Vásquez and Vera Grabe, the chapter analyses how these works challenged the exclusion of a gender perspective from narratives of the conflict. Elston also shows how this testimonial outpouring disturbs Latin American critical trajectories, which have consigned the genre to the past. Building upon a growing body of feminist criticism of testimonio, the chapter narrates an alternative history of Colombian testimonio to demonstrate its continued importance in a post-revolutionary (although not post-conflict) situation.

Keywords

Armed Group Peace Process Guerrilla Group Armed Struggle Cuban Revolution 
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