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Expanded Fields: Postdictatorship and the Landscape


Andermann, J (2012). Expanded Fields: Postdictatorship and the Landscape. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 29(2):165-187.

Abstract

This paper aims to recast debates on postdictatorial memory in the Southern Cone, suggesting that the role of landscape alongside the more familiar models and forms of commemoration – archives, museums, monuments – hasn't thus far received the attention it deserves. Landscape, as a surface of inscription and as a spatial opening, encompasses a number of aesthetic registers, from architecture to writing and the visual arts. Here I shall trace its modulations through some of the memorial gardens created in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, to then focus on the poetic œuvre of Raúl Zurita and, finally, on Argentine films made by children of parents disappeared by the dictatorship. Rosalind Krauss's seminal essay ‘Sculpture in the Expanded Field’ (1978) will allow me to think about landscape as a critical interruption of monumental re-inscriptions and emplacements, opening these towards spaces of itinerance with a potentiality for moving beyond the temporality of trauma or at least of rethinking the latter in terms of present political practices.

Abstract

This paper aims to recast debates on postdictatorial memory in the Southern Cone, suggesting that the role of landscape alongside the more familiar models and forms of commemoration – archives, museums, monuments – hasn't thus far received the attention it deserves. Landscape, as a surface of inscription and as a spatial opening, encompasses a number of aesthetic registers, from architecture to writing and the visual arts. Here I shall trace its modulations through some of the memorial gardens created in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, to then focus on the poetic œuvre of Raúl Zurita and, finally, on Argentine films made by children of parents disappeared by the dictatorship. Rosalind Krauss's seminal essay ‘Sculpture in the Expanded Field’ (1978) will allow me to think about landscape as a critical interruption of monumental re-inscriptions and emplacements, opening these towards spaces of itinerance with a potentiality for moving beyond the temporality of trauma or at least of rethinking the latter in terms of present political practices.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English
Date:24 July 2012
Deposited On:17 Jan 2013 10:06
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:21
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN:1356-9325
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13569325.2012.694810
Official URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13569325.2012.694810
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=EBI01&con_lng=GER&func=find-b&find_code=090&request=000920264

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