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The Art of Truth-Telling about Authoritarian Rule
Edited by Ksenija Bilbija, Jo Ellen Fair, Cynthia E. Milton,
and Leigh A. Payne
A global examination of artistic responses to authoritarian rule
Special interest honor book, American Association of School Libraries and Public Library Association
People who have lived through authoritarian rule have stories to tell, truths that have been silenced. But how do individuals begin to speak about a political past that was too horrible for words? How is truth best voiced in a society moving out of authoritarianism? This generously illustrated volume examines the creation of stories, accounts, images, songs, street theater, paintings, and ideas that pay witness to authoritarian pasts in Nigeria, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia. This theme is explored with contributions by scholars, activists, and artists. By examining the past, they hope to teach us to avoid repeating these atrocities.
Ksenija Bilbija is professor of Spanish at the University of WisconsinMadison and author of Yo soy trampa. Jo Ellen Fair is professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UWMadison and editor of African Issues. Cynthia E. Milton is assistant professor of history at the Université de Montréal and author of the forthcoming book The Many Meanings of Poverty. Leigh Payne is professor of political science at UWMadison and author of Uncivil Movements.
Jo Ellen Fair
Cynthia E. Milton
Leigh A. Payne
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136 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
245 color & 87 b/w illustrations
Paper $24.95 s
Cloth $60.00 s
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