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Hotel MexicoDwelling on the '68 Movement$
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George F. Flaherty

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291065

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291065.001.0001

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City of Palaces

City of Palaces

(p.25) 1. City of Palaces
Hotel Mexico

George F. Flaherty

University of California Press

The central nexus of Chapter 1 the Lecumberri Palace, commonly known as the Black Palace—the state prison inaugurated in 1901, turned into the General National Archive in 1976, and the site of the public announcement of President Vicente Fox’s transparency reforms in 2002. Lecumberri is also the locus of the two early testimonial narratives on the 68 student movement and Tlatelolco massacre, by Luis González de Alba and José Revueltas. Their analysis shows how this theoretically closed, impermeable institution constitutes a node within the network of the modern spaces of discipline and, at the same time, the microcosm of Mexico City. On the other hand, the transmutations of Lecumberri serve to reflect on different modes of knowledge production, history writing and commemoration. Both the prison and the archive are shown to be more than just physical spaces—they are results of the ongoing embodied interpretative processes.

Keywords:   Lecumberri, José Revueltas, Luis González de Alba, Archive, Phenomenology, Prison Narrative, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Justice

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