Do�a Mar�a's Story Life History, Memory, and Political Identity

ISBN-10: 082232492X

ISBN-13: 9780822324928

Edition: 2000

Authors: Daniel James, Walter D. Mignolo, Sonia Sald�var-Hull, Irene Silverblatt

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In this remarkable book historian Daniel James presents the gripping, poignant life-story of Doa Mara Roldn, a woman who lived and worked for six decades in the meatpacking community of Berisso, Argentina. A union activist and fervent supporter of Juan and Eva Pern, Doa Mara's evocative testimony prompts James to analyse the promise and problematic nature of using oral sources for historical research. The book thus becomes both fascinating narrative and methodological inquiry. Doa Mara's testimony is grounded in both the local context (based on the author's thirteen years of historical and ethnographic research in Berisso) and a broader national narrative. In this way, it differs from the dominant genre of women's testimonial literature, and much recent ethnographic work in Latin America, which have often neglected historical and communal contextualisation in order to celebrate individual agency and self-construction. James examines in particular the ways that gender influences Doa Mara's representation of her story. He is careful to acknowledge that oral history challenges the historian to sort through complicated sets of motivations and desires-the historian's own wish to uncover "the truth" of an informant's life and the interviewee's hope to make sense of her or his past and encode it with myths of the self. This work is thus James's effort to present his research and his relationship with Doa Mara with both theoretical sophistication and recognition of their mutual affection. While written by a historian, Doa Mara's Story also engages with concerns drawn from such disciplines as anthropology, cultural studies, and literary criticism. It will be especially appreciated by those involved in oral, Latin American, and working-class history.
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 1/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Walter D. Mignolo is Director of the Institute for Global Studies in Humanities, William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author ofThe Idea of Latin America;Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking; andThe Darker Side of The Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality and Colonizationand a co-editor ofRereading the Black Legend: The Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires.

Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernaacute;ndez is Assistant Professor of Gender and Womenrsquo;s Studies at the University of Arizona.

About the Series
Prologue. The Town with No Plaza: Memory and Monuments in Berisso's Centro C�vico
Do�a Mar�a's Testimony
Interpretive Essays
Listening in the Cold: The Practice of Oral History in an Argentine Meatpacking Community
"The Case of Mar�a Rold�n and the Se�ora with Money Is Very Clear, It's a Fable": Stories, Anecdotes, and Other Performances in Do�a Mar�a's Testimony
"Tales Told Out on the Borderlands": Reading Do�a Mar�a's Story for Gender
A Poem for Clarita: Ni�as Burguesitas and Working-Class Women in Peronist Argentina
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