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Cruel Modernity

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In Cruel Modernity, Jean Franco examines the conditions under which extreme cruelty became the instrument of armies, governments, rebels, and rogue groups in Latin America. She seeks to understand how extreme cruelty came to be practiced in many parts of the continent over the last eighty years and how its causes differ from the conditions that brought about the Holocaust, which is generally the atrocity against which the horror of others is measured. In Latin America, torturers and the perpetrators of atrocity were not only trained in cruelty but often provided their own rationales for engaging in it. When andquot;draining the seaandquot; to eliminate the support for rebel groups gave license to eliminate entire families, the rape, torture, and slaughter of women dramatized festering misogyny and long-standing racial discrimination accounted for high death tolls in Peru and Guatemala. In the drug wars, cruelty has become routine as tortured bodies serve as messages directed to rival gangs.

Franco draws on human-rights documents, memoirs, testimonials, novels, and films, as well as photographs and art works, to explore not only cruel acts but the discriminatory thinking that made them possible, their long-term effects, the precariousness of memory, and the pathos of survival.

Synopsis:

Analyzing the conditions under which dehumanizing cruelty came to be used by states and rogue groups in Latin America, Jean Franco argues that acts of extreme cruelty and the ways they are rationalized are defining features of modernity.

About the Author

Jean Franco is Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the winner of the 1996 PEN award for lifetime contribution to disseminating Latin American literature in English, and has been recognized by both the Chilean and Venezuelan governments with the Gabriela Mistral Medal and the Andres Bello Medal for advancing literary scholarship on Latin American literature in the United States. Her previous books include Plotting Women: Gender and Representation in Mexico, Candeacute;sar Vallejo: The Dialectics of Poetry and Silence, and A Literary History of Spain and Spanish.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1. The andquot;Insignificant Incidentandquot; and Its Aftermath 23

2. Alien to Modernity 45

3. Raping the Dead 77

4. Killers, Torturers, Sadists, and Collaborators 93

5. Revolutionary Justice 100

6. Cruel Survival 152

7. Tortured Souls 172

8. The Ghostly Arts 192

9. Apocalypse Now 214

Afterword. Hypocrite Modernity 247

Notes 253

Bibliography 279

Index 297

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822354567
Author:
Franco, Jean
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 photographs
Pages:
296

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » Violence in Society
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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