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Abstract

In her paper "Textual Strategies to Resist Disappearance and the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo" Alicia Partnoy draws attention to the ways the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo use literature as both a form of protest and as a way to build solidarity. Focusing on four texts written by the Mothers, Partnoy attempts to correct the lack of attention that this literary work has drawn. Partnoy suggests that in addition to the forms of public protest engaged by the Mothers, their literary activities also play a central role in their efforts. In fact, their use of the literary form cannot be separated from their political activities. It is only through careful analysis of their writing, Partnoy suggests, that we can begin to understand the Mothers as subjects and not as objects of analysis. Moreover, it is through their writing that the women have been able to achieve much success in their struggle. Their texts serve as a form of testimonial memory and also as a form of political activism.

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