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Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile

Macarena Gomez-Barris


The 1973 military coup in Chile deposed the democratically elected Salvador Allende and installed a dictatorship that terrorized the country for almost twenty years. Subsequent efforts to come to terms with the national trauma have resulted in an outpouring of fiction, art, film, and drama. This ethnography examines cultural sites and representations in post dictatorship Chile—what the author calls “memory symbolics”—to uncover the impact of state-sponsored violence. It surveys the concentration camp turned memorial park, Villa Grimaldi, documentary films, the torture paintings of Guillermo Nú ... More

Keywords: 1973 military coup, Chile, dictatorship, national trauma, memory symbolics, state-sponsored violence, Villa Grimaldi, Guillermo Núñez, Chilean exiles, victims

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255838
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Macarena Gomez-Barris, author

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