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Borders inscribed on the body: geopolitics and the everyday in the work of Martín Kohan

Mcallister, C. (2020) Borders inscribed on the body: geopolitics and the everyday in the work of Martín Kohan. Bulletin of Latin American Research. ISSN 1470-9856

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/blar.13089

Abstract/Summary

This article analyses the critique of militaristic geopolitical worldviews in two novels by Martín Kohan (Dos veces junio, 2002 and Ciencias morales, 2007). Drawing on ‘everyday nationalism’ and the insights of feminist geopolitics, it explores these novels’ use of space and gendered violence to present Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship and the Falklands/Malvinas war as unexceptional manifestations of the relationship between the state and its citizens. This reading foregrounds Kohan’s emphasis on the origins and consequences of national identity discourses, framed as powerful narratives capable of generating a vision of the nation-state that privileges the security of borders over bodies.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > Spanish and Hispanic Studies
ID Code:89299
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell

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