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Author Stoll, David, 1952-

Title Rigoberta Menchú and the story of all poor Guatemalans / David Stoll.

Published Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1999.


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 UniM Bail  972.810049741 STOL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix, 336 p. : 2 maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-321) and index.
Contents 1. The Story of All Poor Guatemalans -- Pt. 1. Vicente Menchu and His Village. 2. Uspantan as an Agricultural Frontier. 3. The Struggle for Chimel -- Pt. 2. Popular Revolutionary War. 4. Revolutionary Justice Comes to Uspantan. 5. The Death of Petrocinio. 6. The Massacre at the Spanish Embassy. 7. Vicente Menchu and the Committee for Campesino Unity. 8. Vicente Menchu and the Guerrilla Army of the Poor. 9. The Death of Juana Tum and the Destruction of Chimel. 10. The Death Squads in Uspantan -- Pt. 3. Vicente's Daughter and the Reinvention of Chimel. 11. Where Was Rigoberta? 12. Rigoberta Joins the Revolutionary Movement. 13. The Construction of I, Rigoberta Menchu. 14. Rigoberta's Secret -- Pt. 4. The Laureate Goes Home. 15. The Campaign for the Nobel. 16. The Lonely Life of a Nobel Laureate. 17. Rigoberta and Redemption. 18. The New Chimel. 19. Rigoberta Leaves the Guerrilla Movement. 20. Epitaph for an Eyewitness Account.
Summary This book is about a living legend, a young Guatemalan orphaned by government death squads who said that her odyssey from a Mayan Indian village to revolutionary exile was "the story of all poor Guatemalans." Published in the autobiographical I, Rigoberta Menchu, her words drew world attention to the atrocities of the Guatemalan army and propelled her to the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize. By comparing a cult text with local testimony, Stoll raises troubling questions about the rebirth of the sacred in post-modern academe. Far from being innocent or moral, he argues, organizing scholarship around simplistic images of victimhood can be used to rationalize the creation of more victims. In challenging the accuracy of a widely hailed account of Third World oppression, this book goes to the heart of contemporary debates over political correctness and identity politics.
Subject Menchú, Rigoberta.
Quiché women -- Biography.
Women human rights workers -- Guatemala -- Biography.
Mayas -- Civil rights.
Mayas -- Government relations.
Guatemala -- Politics and government.
Guatemala -- Ethnic relations.
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