The question of the (im)possibility of representing the construction of post-traumatic memories continues to provoke debates and different responses in Argentinean society. Since the post-dictatorship period, the identification of the local catastrophe with the Holocaust has been more strongly expressed than in other contexts. Its incidence in essayistic and literary reconstructions is due, among other things, to the numerical importance, as well as to the socio-cultural influence of the Jewish community in Argentina. To contribute to the debate, in this paper I explore in the narratives of five Argentinean authors, who have published their works between 2007 and 2018 (Laura Alcoba, Mariana Eva Perez, Ángela Urondo Raboy, Raquel Robles, Ángela Pradelli), the presence or absence and the diverse resignifications of Jewish memories, addressing the following questions: Does the inclusion or not of the Jewish in the narratives depend on the family ties represented in the text? What functions does the inclusion of Jewish memories play in some of these catastrophe narratives? To answer these questions, I first provide a brief overview of the history of Jewish communities in Argentina, which also allows us to trace the links between the works of authors of Jewish origin and their family history. I then illustrate the debates in historical-sociological and literary studies about the relevance of the Holocaust model for understanding the practices of state terrorism and the reception of Primo Levi. After the presentation of the corpus, I discuss the narrativisations of Jewish heritages, the presence or not of the conceptualisations under debate and the attribution of agentivity to the protagonists of the events related to the matrices of Jewish history.

Memorias judías en la reciente narrativa testimonial argentina

Irene Margarita Theiner
2022

Abstract

The question of the (im)possibility of representing the construction of post-traumatic memories continues to provoke debates and different responses in Argentinean society. Since the post-dictatorship period, the identification of the local catastrophe with the Holocaust has been more strongly expressed than in other contexts. Its incidence in essayistic and literary reconstructions is due, among other things, to the numerical importance, as well as to the socio-cultural influence of the Jewish community in Argentina. To contribute to the debate, in this paper I explore in the narratives of five Argentinean authors, who have published their works between 2007 and 2018 (Laura Alcoba, Mariana Eva Perez, Ángela Urondo Raboy, Raquel Robles, Ángela Pradelli), the presence or absence and the diverse resignifications of Jewish memories, addressing the following questions: Does the inclusion or not of the Jewish in the narratives depend on the family ties represented in the text? What functions does the inclusion of Jewish memories play in some of these catastrophe narratives? To answer these questions, I first provide a brief overview of the history of Jewish communities in Argentina, which also allows us to trace the links between the works of authors of Jewish origin and their family history. I then illustrate the debates in historical-sociological and literary studies about the relevance of the Holocaust model for understanding the practices of state terrorism and the reception of Primo Levi. After the presentation of the corpus, I discuss the narrativisations of Jewish heritages, the presence or not of the conceptualisations under debate and the attribution of agentivity to the protagonists of the events related to the matrices of Jewish history.
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La pregunta sobre la (im)posibilidad de representar la construcción de las memorias post-traumáticas sigue suscitando debates y distintas respuestas en la sociedad argentina. A partir de la posdictadura, se manifestó con mayor énfasis que en otros contextos la identificación de la catástrofe local con el Holocausto. Su incidencia en reconstrucciones ensayísticas y literarias se debe entre otras cosas a la importancia numérica, así como a la influencia sociocultural de la comunidad judía en Argentina. Para contribuir al debate, en este trabajo exploro en las narrativas de cinco autoras argentinas, que han publicado sus obras entre 2007 y 2018 (Laura Alcoba, Mariana Eva Perez, Ángela Urondo Raboy, Raquel Robles, Ángela Pradelli), la presencia o ausencia y las diversas resignificaciones de memorias judías, atendiendo a las siguientes cuestiones: ¿La inclusión o no de lo judío en el entramado narrativo depende de los lazos familiares representados en el texto? ¿Estas memorias judías se circunscriben a la Shoah? ¿Qué funciones desempeña la inclusión de memorias judías en algunas de estas narrativas de la catástrofe? Para responderlas, en primer lugar trazo un somero panorama de la historia de las comunidades judías en Argentina, que permite también rastrear los vínculos entre las obras de las autoras de origen judío y su historia familiar. Seguidamente ilustro los debates en ámbito histórico-sociológico y de estudios literarios acerca de la pertinencia del modelo del Holocausto para comprender las prácticas del terrorismo de Estado y la recepción de Primo Levi. Tras la presentación del corpus, trato las narrativizaciones de herencias judías, la presencia o no de las conceptualizaciones en debate y la atribución de agentividad a las protagonistas de los eventos relacionados con matrices de la historia judía.
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