'Ni Una Menos': Gender Violence through the Lens of the Contemporary Latin American Chronicle (1994-2015)

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2020 - 2024 (lopend)
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Since the 1990s many Latin American authors have turned to the genre of the chronicle to offer an alternative discourse on one of the most poignant social issues of the continent: gender violence. The currently thriving contemporary Latin American chronicle is characterized as a hybrid genre with an emancipatory potential. The chronicle reacts against hegemonic discourses (e.g. the discourse of the state and big media concerns) that often portray social issues such as violence against women in a problematic way. Hitherto, scholars have mainly focused on general characteristics of the genre without conducting thorough literary analysis of the chronicles. However, only a close reading of the chronicles can reveal what this alternative discourse on gender violence is and how it is constructed. Through a selection of contemporary chronicles (1994-2015) on gender violence in three Latin American countries (Argentina, Mexico and Colombia), I aim to elucidate the ways in which the contemporary chronicles and their authors create a counterhegemonic discourse on gender violence. For this purpose, I want to answer two questions: (1) How do the chronicle authors frame their chronicles and the genre of the chronicle in general as counterhegemonic? And (2) how do the chronicles on their part represent gender violence? Thus, through this project, I seek to understand the unique role that the contemporary chronicle plays in the current social fabric of Latin America.

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