Event Title

How Does the Present Affect Interpretations of the Past? La Nación and the Memory Debate in Argentina

Presenter Information

Alexis Burdick-Will, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A155

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-26-2013 1:30 PM

End Date

4-26-2013 2:30 PM

Abstract

Argentina transitioned from dictatorship to democracy in 1983. Issues of memory and interpretations of the past remain ever-present. This analysis of editorials of La Nación, a leading conservative newspaper, from six major events in Argentina since 1983 focuses on the language, metaphors, and messages implemented to form an understanding of the 1976-1983 dictatorship. By tracking the changes and patterns within the editorials, this study seeks to explain how our understanding and explanations of the past always adapt to present circumstances.

Notes

Session I, Panel 2: The Weight of a Nightmare: Making Sense of History in Guatemala, Chile, and Argentina
Moderator: Patrick O'Connor, Chair of Hispanic Studies and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Link to full text thesis at OhioLINK ETD Center:
http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=oberlin1368473549

Major

Latin American Studies

Advisor(s)

Steve Volk, Latin American Studies

Project Mentor(s)

Steve Volk, Latin American Studies

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How Does the Present Affect Interpretations of the Past? La Nación and the Memory Debate in Argentina

Science Center, A155

Argentina transitioned from dictatorship to democracy in 1983. Issues of memory and interpretations of the past remain ever-present. This analysis of editorials of La Nación, a leading conservative newspaper, from six major events in Argentina since 1983 focuses on the language, metaphors, and messages implemented to form an understanding of the 1976-1983 dictatorship. By tracking the changes and patterns within the editorials, this study seeks to explain how our understanding and explanations of the past always adapt to present circumstances.