Gender and Authoritarianism in Argentina Through Literature

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dc.contributor.author Jewel L Bean
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-24T21:17:24Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-24T21:17:24Z
dc.date.issued 10/11/2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12088/8039
dc.description.abstract This paper analyzes how Argentinean author Mart?n Kohan critiques the gendered nature of authoritarianism during General Jorge Rafael Videla's dictatorship (1976-1983). His novel School for Patriots (2007) is set at the end of the seven-year program of National Reorganization, a euphemism for a state-led extermination of leftist political dissidents. Within this setting, Kohan illustrates the impacts of militaristic discourses and state institutions that allowed for the silencing, transformation and disappearance of over 30,000 Argentineans. Drawing from Women?s and Gender Studies, and specifically Michel Foucault?s concept of docile bodies, I show how Kohan illuminates the intersections of the military and the Church within the school apparatus. Together these sought to produce ?patriotic soldiers? as well as reproduce gender hierarchies within a surveillance culture. Through setting and characterization, the novel reveals the role of institutions in facilitating an authoritarian culture that has contributed to widespread misogyny, militarism and the extermination of opposition.
dc.description.sponsorship Lisa DiGiovanni
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Keene State College
dc.subject Holocaust and Genocide Studies
dc.title Gender and Authoritarianism in Argentina Through Literature
dc.type Presentation

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