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Erin Graff Zivin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286829

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286829.001.0001

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Toward an Anarchaeological Latinamericanism

Toward an Anarchaeological Latinamericanism

(p.31) Toward an Anarchaeological Latinamericanism

Erin Graff Zivin

Fordham University Press

Graff Zivin argues against a mode of reading—of a text, of the archive—that would seek to uncover a buried truth (alêtheia), following the logic of archaeology or arche (ἀρχή‎) logos (λόγος‎): an excavational mode of thought, a cousin of a certain conservative philological tendency that has as its foundation or ground (Grund), which hides beneath it, an identifiable and revealable truth. Instead, the author proposes the notion of anarchaeological, or marrano, reading, an interpretative practice that would take into account the secret, incalculable qualities of the archive or the text. After reviewing several examples of archaeological (Dussel, Bosteels) and anarchaeological (Williams, Draper, Steinberg) engagements with the Latin American archive in general, and the archive of 1968 in particular, Graff Zivin analyzes Albertina Carri’s unsettled relation to the inheritance of her murdered militant parents in the 2003 and 2016 films, Los rubios and Cuatreros.

Keywords:   1968, archaeology, archive, Carri, Albertina, inheritance, marrano, truth

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