Afterlives of confinement : spatial transitions in postdictatorship Latin America
- Susana Draper.
- Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©2012.
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- 1 online resource.
- Illuminations (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
- Draper, Susana.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction: The Afterlife of Prisons
- Prison-Malls : Architectures of Utopic Regeneration
- Literary Afterlives of the Punta Carretas Prison : Tunneling Histories of Freedom
- The Workforce and the Open Prison : Awakening from the Dream of the Chilean Miracle in Diamela Eltit's Mano de obra
- Freedom, Democracy, and the Literary Uncanny in Roberto Bolano's Nocturno de Chile
- Memorialistic Architectonics and Memory Marketing
- It Goes without Seeing : Framing the Future Past of Violence in Postdictatorhip Film.
During the age of dictatorships, Latin American prisons became a symbol for the vanquishing of political opponents, many of whom were never seen again. In the post-dictatorship era of the 1990s, a number of these prisons were repurposed into shopping malls, museums, and memorials. Susana Draper uses the phenomenon of the 'opening' of prisons and detention centers to begin a dialog on conceptualizations of democracy and freedom in post-dictatorship Latin America. Focusing on the Southern Cone nations of Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina, Draper examines key works in architecture, film, and literature to peel away the veiled continuity of dictatorial power structures in ensuing consumer cultures. The afterlife of prisons became an important tool in the 'forgetting' of past politics, while also serving as a reminder to citizens of the liberties they now enjoyed. In Draper's analysis, these symbols led the populace to believe they had attained freedom, although they had only witnessed the veneer of democracy - in the ability to vote and consume. In selected literary works by Roberto Bola\u00f1o, Eleuterio Fernandez Huidoboro, and Diamela Eltit and films by Alejandro Agresti and Marco Bechis, Draper finds further evidence of the emptiness and melancholy of underachieved goals in the afterlife of dictatorships. The social changes that did not occur, the inability to effectively mourn the losses of a now-hidden past, the homogenizing effects of market economies, and a yearning for the promises of true freedom are thematic currents underlying much of these texts. Draper's study of the manipulation of culture and consumerism under the guise of democracy will have powerful implications not only for Latin Americanists but also for those studying neoliberal transformations globally.
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- Southern Cone of South America > Social conditions.
- Southern Cone of South America > Intellectual life.
- Spanish American literature > History and criticism.
- Prisons in literature.
- Motion pictures > Social aspects > Southern Cone of South America.
- Architecture and society > Southern Cone of South America.
- Consumption (Economics) > Social aspects > Southern Cone of South America.
- Democracy > Social aspects > Southern Cone of South America.
- Dictatorship > Social aspects > Southern Cone of South America.
- Prisons > Remodeling for other use > Southern Cone of South America.
- HISTORY > Latin America > General.
- HISTORY > Latin America > South America.
- HISTORY > General.
- Architecture and society.
- Consumption (Economics) > Social aspects.
- Democracy > Social aspects.
- Intellectual life.
- Motion pictures > Social aspects.
- Prisons in literature.
- Social conditions.
- Spanish American literature.
- South America > Southern Cone of South America.
- Publication date
- Illuminations : cultural formations of the Americas
- 9780822978060 (electronic bk.)
- 0822978067 (electronic bk.)
- 9780822962250 (paperback ; acid-free paper)