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Space and Nation in Post-Dictatorial Uruguayan Narrative

Espacio y Nación en la Narrativa Uruguaya de la Posdictadura [Space and Nation in Post-dictatorial Uruguayan Narrative] (Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 2011) by Elizabeth Rivero, Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Humanities, focuses on spatial images in nine novels written by Uruguayan authors of different gender, age and cultural and ethnic origin, published between 1985 and 2005. In this book, Dr. Rivero analyzes the depiction of the Uruguayan nation as presented in these post-dictatorial texts. She explores the literary representations of the nation as conceived by social groups usually marginalized from the elaboration of communitary and identitary discourses: women, Afro-Uruguayans, urban youth, exiles, cultural and ethnic minorities, etc. She proposes that, far from describing a homogeneous and unified concept of the nation, they portray diverse images that contradict or complement themselves. Furthermore, Dr. Rivero’s study offers an overview of the literary developments in Uruguay during the last thirty years.