The Writer as Witness: Latin American Jewish Women's Testimonio in the Works of Marjorie Agosín, Sonia Guralnik, Alicia Kozameh and Alicia Partnoy

Benay Blend


Latina Jewish writers enact a typically Jewish attitude toward the historically important injunction to remember and the contemporary drive to bear witness. This essay explores the connection between art and human rights. In particular, it looks at how, from their different personal, political, and academic backgrounds, Latina Jewish writers arrive at the importance of testimonio as an effective means of bearing witness and inscribing into history their right to grant speech to others as well as for themselves.

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