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Archival Autofiction in Post-Dictatorship Argentina

Journal article
Authors Anna Forné
Published in Life Writing
ISSN 1448-4528
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Language en
Keywords Memory, autofiction, archive, Argentina, post-dictatorship, memory, Literature
Subject categories Languages and Literature


This article explores the incorporation and representation of archival material in autofictional narratives in Argentinian literature produced during the last 15 years by children of the disappeared during the last dictatorship (1976-1983). The purpose is to examine the forms and functions of materiality in the artistic mediation of memories in what I conceptualise as archival autofiction. This notion comprehends an artistic expression in which the authorial subject-identical to the protagonist-exhibits the creative processes of archival recycling and reflects on notions of authorship as a way of engaging the reader. I specifically put the focus on autofictional narratives because the tensions created in this kind of texts between the materiality of the past and the present textual configuration of the authorial subjectivity raise key questions on the relationship between subjects and objects in relation to the works of subjective memory.

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