Guatemalan Indigenous Rights Activist Rigoberta Menchu First Came To International Prominence Following The 1983 Publication Of Her Memoir, I, Rigoberta Menchu, Which Chronicled In Compelling Detail The Violence And Misery That She And Her People Suffered During Her Country S Brutal Civil War The Book Focused World Attention On Guatemala And Led To Her Being Awarded The Nobel Peace Prize In 1992 In 1999, A Book By David Stoll Challenged The Veracity Of Key Details In Menchu S Account, Generating A Storm Of Controversy Journalists And Scholars Squared Off Regarding Whether Menchu Had Lied About Her Past And, If So, What That Would Mean About The Larger Truths Revealed In Her Book.In The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy, Arturo Arias Has Assembled A Casebook That Offers A Balanced Perspective On The Debate The First Section Of This Volume Collects The Primary Documents Newspaper Articles, Interviews, And Official Statements In Which The Debate Raged, Many Translated Into English For The First Time In The Second Section, A Distinguished Group Of International Scholars Assesses The Political, Historical, And Cultural Contexts Of The Debate, And Considers Its Implications For Such Issues As The Culture Wars , Historical Truth, And The Politics Of Memory Also Included Is A New Essay By David Stoll In Which He Responds To His Critics. I was blown away by this book Arturo Arias does an excellent job of outlining Rigoberta Mench s rise as a Nobel Peace Prize winning indigenous leader He also reminds us that her image alerted city dwellers of the seriousness of western highland violence in the 70s and 80s The entries by other familiar cultural and literary critics such as John Beverly, Mary Louise Pratt, Ileana Rodr guez, and Doris Sommer raise questions about how Rigoberta s testimony has been interpreted in the US from various disciplines They pay special attention to anthropologist David Stoll s fieldwork, which feebly attempts to question Rigoberta s legitimacy I particularly love the interjections by journalists working in Guatemala City At the end, Stoll responds to his critics, but not without contradicting himself by going against his own interpretation of testimonial literature on several occasions His attack on
actually does a really good job extrapolating the important theoretical issues in thinking about what is truth and what it means to engage in truth telling rather than trying to figure out details of I, Rigoberta Menchu.
- 432 pages
- The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy
- Arturo Arias
- 04 September 2019 Arturo Arias